The Art of Sport


CEPA Gallery & Big Orbit Exhibits & Events - The Art of Sport

Join us and an outstanding group of international artists at CEPA Gallery for the opening reception of The Art Of Sport.

These photography, film, and interactive media artworks will demonstrate the hype, criticism, design, and process of sports competition, body and mind development, social construction and rehabilitation through sport, real-time communication feeds of live events (radio, TV, and web), community identity, and sports tourism in the United States and abroad.

This exhibition has been generously supported by funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts



Curated by Craig Smith, The Art Of Sport will feature a diversity of conceptual aesthetic modes that address the social engagement with a culture of competitive sports in the United States and abroad, with works by an international group of artists including:

Covering a dynamic range of professional, amateur, and other activities almost unrecognized as “sport,” these photography, film, and interactive media artworks will demonstrate the hype, criticism, design, and process of sports competition, body and mind development, social construction and rehabilitation through sport, real-time communication feeds of live events (radio, TV, and web), community identity, and sports tourism in the United States and abroad.

The exhibit begins on Curtain Up! Friday, September 20, 2013 with an opening reception for the artists at CEPA Gallery, and will continue with a wide array of programming through the next two months. Following is a schedule of specific events occurring at CEPA Gallery and Big Orbit throughout the exhibit.


The Art of Sport Opening Reception

CEPA Gallery
Friday, September 20, 2013
7:00pm–10:00pm

Meet and greet the artists at The Art Of Sport opening reception at CEPA Gallery.


Lee Walton, Last Pick

CEPA Gallery
Friday, September 20, 2013
7:00pm–10:00pm

Lee Walton is forming a team and we need 100 people to play. You will have the opportunity to join the lineup by visiting the opening reception of The Art Of Sport.

Visit Lee Walton’s Last Pick website to learn more about the team and view a message from the coach.

CEPA Gallery Exhibits & Events - The Art Of Sport, Lee Walton, Last Pick

Mitch Miller, Natural Selection

Big Orbit Gallery
Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00pm–11:00pm

Come shoot some arrows with Mitch Miller at Natural Selections, an installation and performance at Big Orbit Gallery.

CEPA Gallery Exhibits & Events - The Art of Sport, Mitch Miller, Natural Selections

Matthew Bakkom, Bowling For Dalí

Voelker’s Bowling Center
686 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Saturday, October 12, 2013
8:30pm–Midnight

Price: $10–$20/each

Registration: 8:30pm–9:30pm
First Round: 9:30pm
Trophy Round: 10:30pm

CEPA Gallery Exhibits & Events - The Art of Sport, Matthew Bakkom, Bowling for Dali

“Pleasure is man’s most legitimate aspiration.”
—Salvador Dalí, Barcelona, Spain, March 22, 1930

Artist Matthew Bakkom and CEPA Gallery invite you to Voelker’s Bowling Center to participate in Bowling For Dalí.

Join us at this Buffalo recreational landmark and participate in a specially designed 10-pin event intended to explore the competitive tendencies of the avant-garde and playfully reconcile one of its infamous 20th century schisms. These events will pit teams that represent the major figures of the surrealist movement—Team Breton, Team Eluard, Team Aragon, Team Ray, etc.—as they vie for victory in a celebration of the career of their most well-known and eventually scorned colleague, Salvador Dalí (famously derided in the wake of his American stardom by his anagrammatic rechristening as “Avida Dollars”).

After a first round qualifier, the top teams will compete in a second round showdown for first, second and third place trophies and other awards, produced by artist/organizer Matthew Bakkom for this site-based event, commissioned by CEPA Gallery as an element of their current exhibition, The Art Of Sport.

For $20, each participant will get two games, shoes, and a three-hour open bar (well and tap). For $10, participants can skip the open bar. Individual players will be grouped into teams of five, or you can grab four friends and form your own team.


Lee Walton, World Series Game One

CEPA Gallery
Passageway Gallery (2nd Floor)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
8:00pm–Game’s Conclusion

For this live broadcast installation event, artist Lee Walton has created a system for the construction of a wall installation. Each action performed during the event will be determined by the play-by-play commentator’s calls of Game 1 of the 2013 MLB World Series.

Each play will elicit a drawing action predetermined by an elaborate key designed by the artist and on display in the gallery. Walton has limited his material choices for the performance and installation to products found at The Home Depot. By doing so Walton intends to play with the relationship between mega-sports spectacle and the everyday domesticity of the average fan.

CEPA Gallery Exhibits & Events - The Art of Sport, Lee Walton, World Series Game One

The public is welcome to attend and experience the live events of both World Series Game One and Walton’s installation performance. Walton and others will be working frantically to build the work within the duration of the ball game. Hot dogs, beer, baseball, and art will be the order of the night!

Often regarded as an Experientialist, Walton’s work takes many forms—from drawings on paper, game/system based structures, video, web-based performances, public projects, theatrical orchestrations and more.


The Art Of Sport Symposium

University at Buffalo
Friday, November 8, 2013

Featuring:

  • Anne Hardy (photography, Maureen Paley Gallery, London)
  • Lee Walton (performance, drawing, web, professor at UNC Greensboro)
  • Vesna Pavlovic (photography, professor at Vanderbilt University)
  • Bradley Beesley (documentary films, Little League Pictures, Austin TX)
  • Mitch Miller (sculpture, drawing, research fellow at Arizona State University)
  • Craig Smith (photography, performance, relational art, professor at the University of Florida)

Bradley Beesley, Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo

Market Arcade Cinema
639 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:00pm

Since 1940, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. has held an annual prison rodeo. Part wild west show, part coliseum-style spectacle, this relic of the American penal system is a tradition for the prison and community at large. Prisoners compete on wild broncos and bucking bulls, risking severe injury while friends, family and others cheer them on. For the female hopefuls and male competitors like 14-year rodeo veteran Danny Liles, the chance to battle livestock offers a brief respite from prison life.


Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo goes behind prison walls to follow a group of female inmates (and a few male prisoners) on their journey to the rodeo. In the state with the highest female incarceration rate in the country—and 80% of women prisoners are mothers—many share experiences such as broken homes, drug abuse and alienation from their children.

About Director Bradley Beesley

Bradley Beesley has directed nine feature-length films, including six documentaries, a concert movie and a science fiction narrative. His films include Okie Noodling, The Fearless Freaks, SummerCamp! and The Creek Runs Red. Beesley has collaborated on numerous music videos with The Flaming Lips and recently teamed up with the band’s leader, Wayne Coyne, to make the sci-fi film Christmas on Mars.

The HBO documentary Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo was directed by Bradley Beesley; produced by Bradley Beesley, Amy Dotson and James Payne; executive producers, Julie Goldman, Krysanne Katsoolis and Caroline Stevens; original music by Jason Quever; cinematography by Alan Novey; edited by Louisiana Kreutz. For Cinemax Reel Life: senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.


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