LAB Space

  Kyle Butler: Map of Dead Ends, Buffalo NY
October 6 - November 12, 2017

Kyle Butler's Map of Dead Ends, Buffalo NY will act as a prompt for his upcoming installation in connection with "Points of Departure," at Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

"The map of dead ends is a prompt toward making; extracted, literal ends providing the visual structure for new work. Taking the form of a tool that typically guides movement through space, this map isolates the circumstances where passage is not possible. In the broad sense, it is a work about resignation to limits or perseverance despite them.

More specifically, the work acts as a generative process of design that nods to Parametricism, a supposed new paradigm in architecture and planning that seems to have the same utopian pitfalls as all new paradigms. In making the map, I found myself forming subjective criteria for what constituted an end (Is this too overgrown and derelict to still be a road? Is this more of a driveway than an end? Does this path count as an outlet?). Ultimately, the end had to be a place in its own right or a charismatic terminus to place."

Presented as part of Points of Departure: Meditations on Mapping

  Mizin Shin
September 1 - 24, 2017

Mizin Shin’s work addresses the interdependency societal systems. The artist is currently and constantly adopting, and adapting to, multiple cultures. Theories and topics of research that have informed her work include Self-Organization and pattern formation, The Butterfly Effect, Chaos Theory, Complexity Science and Complex Adaptive Systems, Entropy, Emergence, and Small-world networks. Through these phenomena, her projects are designed to help lead viewer-users to discover the nearly infinite distribution of responsibility across intertwined networks.
  Fritz by Ben Gonyo
April 7 - May 13, 2017

This installation by Ben Gonyo expands on the documentary film series by the same name. FRITZ challenges visitors to consider the life and career of a 70 year-old hard-of-hearing, struggling artist. All is not as it appears in this story and Gonyo’s narrative shapes our understanding as it attempts to expose the cold hard truth about the art world.
  Michael Harris: Works on Paper
February 3 - March 19, 2017

Seeking balance through juxtaposition of found images with formal explorations and an attraction to less than conscious ideas, Michael Harris explores mixed media paintings on paper which are sensed as a healing enterprise.

  8,817 Goodbyes
October 7 - November 13, 2016

8,817 Goodbyes documents the death of Meredith Davenport’s urban beehive last October while simultaneously exploring the process of grieving her partner who also died last year. The title refers to the number of photographs she made of over 800 dead bees that were found as the hive collapsed. The work interweaves the internal narrative of loss to the larger narrative of environmental loss.

Graphic Arts Workshop   GAW Portfolio Exchange
September 2 - 25, 2016

This exhibition is a printmaking portfolio exchange between Print Club of Rochester members and Graphic Arts Workshop artists (San Francisco).

The Graphic Arts Workshop was founded by faculty from the California Labor College in 1952. Their social concerns were reflected in each artist’s style and in the co-operative form of the Workshop. In the early years, members printed posters, leaflets and pamphlets in support of peace and civil rights issues. During the Sixties, the GAW lent space for anti-Vietnam War activities.

MannyAloha   Collages: Exploring Narratives by Manny Aloha
April 1 - May 13, 2016

Through a new series of collages, this overseas (Hawaii) artist reveals his passion for earthly pleasures and preservation. Manny has used the process of making collages to creatively purge his growing and "obsessively" collected magazine archive. He has attempted to employ collage as a way to reuse and recycle. For this series he challenged himself to make one collage per day for a period of time, focusing on a fast light hearted process. The narratives told and the stories perceived are playful, eye opening and inspiring. In addition, he answers: "what do we do with piles of old print media?"

OneCubicFoot   One Cubic Foot: The Genesee River
February 5 - March 13, 2016

One Cubic Foot: The Genesee River showcases the work of award-winning photographer David Liittschwager through more than 60 images captured in the Genesee River in August 2015. The photographs illustrate the rich diversity found in a small space during the equivalent of 24 hours, in what was once one of North America’s most polluted rivers. Learn more about One Cubic Foot project here.

Proceeds from the sale of the photographs benefit the replication of One Cubic Foot in the Genesee River as well as Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s LAB Space exhibitions.

McKee Hock   Rick McKee Hock: Artist vs Artist
September 4 - November 15, 2015

Artist vs Artist is one of four special exhibitions of photographs, drawings, and sketchbooks in celebration of the life and work of Rick Hock. This program is presented in partnership with The Memorial Art Gallery, Visual Studies Workshop, and the George Eastman Musuem. Hock, who passed away earlier this year, made extraordinarily complex images filled with references to the history of art, folklore, philosophy, psychology, and poetry in his uniquely dark yet playful manner of association. He was also deeply connected to the greater community of Rochester through his longstanding work with virtually every cultural and higher education institution in the region.

Hipstory in the LAB Space
April 3 - May 15, 2015

Hipstory is a series of illustrations that recreate iconic figures and place them in a different time and culture – a new and altered portrait of them. Amit Shimoni (Jaffa, Israel) describes his process as "a game of 'Ping-Pong' with reality. I capture things that arouse thoughts and feelings within myself, and through my filters, I bring it back to the world as a drawing. It is my hope that this series will encourage us to reflect upon our leaders, our society, and ourselves. And failing that, Hipstory will at least make us smile."


Foundlings in the LAB Space
February 6 - March 15, 2015

Foundlings showcases the initial results of a new collaboration between Bill Klingensmith and Robin Cass. With elements of both traditional artisanry and high-tech fabricating these collaborative pieces explore the boundaries between art, craft and design.


Rochester Community TV in the LAB Space
October 3 - November 16, 2014

Dialogues: Young Men of Color explores the experiences of black, latino, and south east asian young men in Rochester through interactive media and discussing challenges and triumphs in education, economics, employment, entertainment, and criminal justice.


Surveying Print: 84 Years of editions from the Print Club of Rochester
April 3 - May 11, 2014

For more than 80 years, the Print Club of Rochester has been an active force in supporting printmakers and print enthusiasts. Through lectures and demonstrations, and their annual Presentation Print commission by a prominent printmaker, the club has worked to share the best of contemporary printmaking with a wide audience. This show includes a selection of their Presentation Prints, and reveals the continued dynamism of the field of fine art printmaking.


Joseph Tarantelli in the LAB Space
February 6 - March 16, 2014

Scraped, Scratched and Splattered is a series of one of a kind prints. Tarantelli refines his pieces with the intention of unifying the natural and the modern, man made world.

Reception with the Artist: Thursday, February 6th, 6-9pm.


Peter Kubina in the LAB Space
August 1 - September 28, 2013

Reception with the Artist: September 6th, 6-10pm



In the Space Separating by Heather Swenson
January 31 - March 17, 2013

Swenson's installations arrange both observed and invented objects and spaces to navigate the accumulation of images and information in her daily life. “In the Space Separating” brings together paintings, collages, drawings, and found objects to create abstract narratives that are analogous to her thought process.



November 22, 2003-December 31, 2008
by Evinn Neadow
August 3 - September 23, 2012

The project began the day before my twenty-first birthday and ended the day my son was born. The images offer only fragments of events as they occurred. Even when attempting to show the construction of my character I was able to conceal so much of the truth.


Visual Rhythms by Kristine Bouyoucos
April 6 - May 13, 2012

Mixed Media Etchings


  RJ Miller
February 3 - March 18, 2012

Paintings and Sculptures


Ethereality by Christina Laurel
October 7 - November 13, 2011

"Ethereality" captures the tenuous nature of time, movement and beauty on 6x3-foot paper shades and in suspended columnar cocoons. Rochester-based artist Christina Laurel uses mostly black-and-white imagery of kimono, ginkgo and butterflies that are drawn, painted, and collaged onto the ethereal medium of paper. Laurel's columns use woven and folded paper to create the ethereal effect of shadows.

  Subterranean Surrogates by Paul Dodd
August 5 - September 25, 2011
  Museum of Constant Cange by Judy Levy
April 6 - May 9, 2011
  A Pioneer of Electrostatic Art
by Charles Arnold
February 4 - March 13, 2011
  Martin Rogers
October 1 - November 14, 2010
  Vicki Hartman
August 6 - September 19, 2010
  Crissy Welzen
April 2 - May 9, 2010
  Alicia Ross
February 5 - March 21, 2010