The Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery, which recently announced plans to open on the 1200 block of Niagara Street in June, will launch its first exhibition at 6 tonight in a temporary space at 428 Rhode Island St.

Titled “BLOW” and marketed as a celebration of the dead of winter, the show will provide a sampling of works from the gallery’s inaugural stable of Buffalo-based artists: Amanda Besl, Millie Chen, Dennis Maher and Julian Montague.

They are four of the most highly regarded artists working in Buffalo today and may be familiar to local art fans from their inclusion in the regionwide biennial Beyond/In Western New York.

Besl, known for her small-scale paintings exploring the female form in the age of the selfie, will show new work that features “imagery of tangles of human hair interacting with inanimate Baroque or kitsch objects,” according to a release. Chen, chair of the University at Buffalo’s visual studies department, will show work that references her ongoing exhibition and installation dealing with human atrocities, now on view in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Maher, an architect who turns found objects and abandoned structures into sculptures, has created a new site-specific installation for the show. Montague will present new photographs from his ongoing “Secondary Occupants” series that Kaplan described as “both confounding and contemplative.”

The show runs through March 1. Call 604-6183 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski