House Party Protocol - Buffalo Art Movement
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House Party Protocol

November 19 - December 31, 2021

I find things that are abandoned, decayed, broken, cracked to be gorgeous. The beauty of rust and destruction.

Jonathan Stafford’s complex work reflects the relationship between creation, decomposition and reconstruction. His work is inspired by life experiences during his forming years, his academic career post-graduation and his work at the prestigious Argos Fine Art Casting Foundry in Brewster, NY to mention a few. Jonathan’s well-defined style has been influenced by William de Kooning and Francis Bacon. He relocated to Buffalo in 2008 and has established himself as an artist with a very strong point of view, incorporating bronze cast, palette knives, collage and mixed media into his work. Buffalo has also inspired Jonathan’s work and his renditions of the grain silos best represent his artistic viewpoint.

 

BAM! is pleased to present Jonathan’s show: “House Party Protocol.”  It is a retrospective exhibition that spans more than a decade of his work. The show is composed of a collection of bronze sculptures, mixed media work and paintings that together takes us into the journey of the artist’s mind and his technical skills. But more importantly, his work makes us reflect on who or what we are as a product of the reconstructive process ignited by love, happiness, disappointments, loss and other sentiments we face in our daily lives.

 

The title of the show is a reference from a Marvel comic, in which Iron Man summons all his armor suits to save the day. In the present show, Jonathan has executed the same command. We invite you to immerse yourself in this artist’s world.

 

About Johnathan Stafford

Jonathan Stafford studied at Parsons School of Design and completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a summa cum laude award at Purchase College.  His work has been shown at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Westchester County Council of the Arts, Earlyville Opera House Gallery and throughout several galleries in Western New York. His work is also in private collections.

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