City of the Oscillator, 2016, found objects and hardware

Dennis Maher // CITY HOUSE MODELS

Opening Reception Thursday March 2, 2017, 6-9pm,
On view March 2– April 15, 2017
Exhibition Hours: Friday – Saturday 11am-4pm or by appointment
The gallery will be open 11am – 9pm on First Friday March 3 and April 7

Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by internationally recognized artist Dennis Maher. City House Models presents a selection of 2D and 3D wall hangings and sculptures that have been assembled from fragments of Maher's ever-changing domestic space, The Fargo House — an experimental art and architectural oasis located on Buffalo’s west side.

The works on view at the gallery incorporate toys, models, architectural miniatures, drawings, hardware and other found objects.  The resulting aggregates can be read simultaneously in many ways: as maps, vertical cities, ruinous landscapes, building plans or sections. Drawing upon and reinterpreting conventional architectural imagery, they playfully embrace relationships between objects and places, proposing a cosmology of imaginary environments that exist at the matrix of mind and matter.    

Portion of proceeds will support renovation work at Assembly House, 150 Edward St. (former Immaculate Conception Church)

Assembly House is a non-profit experimental art/architecture space founded by Dennis Maher. The organization specializes in the design and display of imaginative environments, furnishings, and aesthetic objects, while hosting public exhibitions, educational programs, and events that enhance the sense of wonder within everyday surroundings. Assembly House is collaborating with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on the “Art as Social Enterprise” program SACRA, a training initiative that will teach carpentry, woodworking and design skills to Buffalo-area residents in need of employment. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dennis Maher is an artist, architect, and educator.  For the past 15 years, his projects have engaged processes of disassembly and reconstitution through drawing, photography, collage and constructions.  In his ongoing Undone-Redone City project, Maher has continually reformulated the structural and substructural components of houses, conjuring an imaginary cosmology of assembled city fragments.  In 2009, Maher established the Fargo House, a center for the urban imagination in Buffalo, NY and, in 2014, he founded Assembly House 150, a non-profit space for experimental art/architectural projects. 

Recent major exhibitions:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, House of Collective Repair, January 26 – May 12, 2013 Buffalo, NY
Mattress Factory Art Museum, A Second Home, August 12, 2016 - August 12, 2019 Pittsburgh, PA

Other exhibitions by Maher have been presented at such venues as Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (Shenzhen, China), Black and White Gallery and Project Space (Brooklyn, NY), Pulse Miami Art Fair, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Galeria Antoni Pinyol (Reus, Spain), Superfront LA, The Carnegie Center (Covington, KY) and Burchfield-Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY).   Maher's work has been featured in NY Times, Architectural Review, ARCHDaily, Architect Magazine and on the national radio program Smart City Radio.  Maher is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at SUNY, University at Buffalo, where he has taught since 2004. 
Artist website: http://assembledcityfragments.com