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Youth Contingent presented by Only Comrades

Youth Contingent

Saturday, January 26

Artwork by Matt Grote

Artwork by Matt Grote



Artwork by Catherine Willett

“There have been generations who have overthrown empires, and battled for civil rights. Generations who try to bring peace and love, as well as pure anarchy. I think what is happening now is quite special actually… We are compiling all of these visions and building towards something I can’t quite see yet,” said Matt Grote, a visual artist who will be showing some of his colorful and bombastic pieces this Saturday (Jan 26) at an event called Youth Contingent. Presented by Only Comrades, a design collective headed by artists Max West and Zach Boehler focused on producing unique t-shirts and hand screen printed posters, Youth Contingent brings together some of the most vibrant and notable young artists in Buffalo for what should be an impressive art event. From street art to sculpture and painting, Youth Contingent will be a unique opportunity to piece together the various approaches these local artists take in their creation. Expect pieces from the likes of Max Collins, Maltdisney, Matt Grote, Catherine Willett, Kyle Butler, David Mitchell, Anne Muntges, Shawn Roberts, Adam Weekly, Chow Monstro, Gerald Mead, Chris Fritton, Nicole Wurstner, Evan Hawkins, Alicia Paolucci, Boehler, and West, as well as music from DJ Lulu. “Zach and I are both artists and designers and these are people who we’ve made friends with through the basic art scene in Buffalo,” West said. “There is a really large outpouring of work coming out of this young crowd and they’re changing things in a really interesting, radical way.” Youth Contingent will be on display one night only at Big Orbit Gallery. —cory perla

8pm Big Orbit Gallery, 30d Essex Street ( free