Buffalo, NY—The UB Art Galleries is pleased to present artist Kim Beck’s skywriting event There Here on August 20 from 4-5PM! In There Here, a skywriter will draw arrows in the sky pointing to the US/Canadian border located over the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. Commissioned as part of the exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017, the arrows will be photographed and then appear on several billboards dotted throughout the city, fixing the directional language onto signs. A series of photographs will also be on view in the exhibition at the UB Anderson Gallery. Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017 is on view September 7th through December 31, 2017.
Art historian Toby Lawrence writes, "Arrows are by definition directional. The series of skywritten arrows in Kim Beck’s work, There Here, is layered in significance and points of reference. Earlier iterations of Beck’s The Sky Is the Limit project reflect billboard and advertising language as well as highway exit signs, exploring the potential of signage to move bodies through space and the implications of this gesture. In Buffalo, the gesture is more direct. Sited within the city’s rich history and its position as a border town, the arrows rendered in the sky by a skywriting airplane draw attention to the physical and psychological space held by the border and relationships between the United States and Canada. Within, the arrows signify guidance and also allude to the history of Buffalo as the traditional lands of the Seneca people, as a migratory and economic gateway, and as a site of resistance and revolution through significant markers of history, such as the War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad that provided access to freedom for Black slaves into Canada."
Participate! Viewers of the skywriting can take photographs of the arrows and upload them to social media with the tag #ubskywriting and #ubwanderlust. Please send high resolution images to the artist at kimbeck (at) idealcities (dot) com. She may choose one of these images to use on a billboard! To see the arrows and participate, viewers can situate themselves between Canalside and the Peace Bridge or most anywhere else in the greater Buffalo area.