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Tonight: Chuck Tingley Opening at 464 Gallery

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Chuck Tingley and his portrait of Erie County Executive Chris Collins. Photo by Jim Bush.

Tonight, 6-10:30pm, there’s an opening reception for artist Chuck Tingley at 464 Gallery. The exhibit of new work is called Art Is Dead, and here’s what AV correspondent Elle Good has to say about the artist:

Tingley is so new on the local art scene, that the gesso is barely dry behind his ears, but he’s managed to take this craft that’s new to him and fast-forward through several incredibly productive phases that nearly number the seasons in which he’s been at it. Two years ago, he was a drawing student under the tutelage of local artist and Buffalo State teacher Nathan Naetzker, a gift to Buffalo in his own right, when Tingley considered painting. And now he’s burning through canvases, creating whole bodies of work, and then moving on to the next. “I believe if I pull off a series of anything, I can move on to the next thing,” he says.

And here’s what Good says about one work in his current series, which includes portraits reworked with stencils and spray paint and the sensibilities of a street artist:

He pulls out canvases that show the evolution from a Chris Collins that merely looked like the devil himself, to the final product where the county executive looks pretty much like himself, but with eyes that are so liquid and maniacal that one can’t help but notice that in this title piece proclaiming Art is Dead, Collins begins to look like serial killer Ted Bundy. The comparison is chilling. This is Tingley’s statement about the county cut in the arts budget.

More from Elle Good on Chuck Tingley soon. In the meantime, check his work out for yourself at 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst Street. And then maybe swing down to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, where Lisa Forrest and friends are celebrating the release of her first CD of original songs, Oh Lake Erie. Plenty to do in Black Rock nowadays.