The tiny collage creations of Gerald Mead, the latest of which go on view Friday in Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) are fascinating marvels of miniature design. Mead’s new body of work, called “Micro-Architecture,” focuses on the architectural marvels of Western New York, including the Guaranty Building, Darwin Martin House, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and City Hall.

“I’ve long been intrigued by discarded objects and found images, regarding them as potent and poetic cultural artifacts,” Mead said in a statement. “Acting in the role of a bricoleur, for years I have collected and categorized these materials as resources for my artistic practice.”

Mead, like many artists, is especially interested in the juxtaposition of unexpected objects and how the meaning of those objects change depending on their context. His collages in this show combine items like architectural blueprints with Kodak slides and bits of photographs and other ephemera. The best of his works make you wish you had not only a magnifying glass, but a microscope.

“Micro-Architecture” opens with a reception as part of the Allentown First Fridays event at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Sept. 27. Call 536-8337 or visit for more info. For a full list of galleries participating in Friday’s event, visit

-Colin Dabkowski