Marcus L. Wise is an arts supporter, advocate, and artist. He is the owner of art gallery and retail space, 464 Gallery, which since 2009 has catered to more than 500 local and emerging artists in Buffalo, NY. Wise is also the owner of the new Glow Gallery on Allen Street in Buffalo. Wise also curates art shows off-site at local law firms, other art galleries and in pop-up gallery settings. In 2013 Wise was given an Award for Commitment to the Arts by Niagara Falls Mayor, Paul Dyster. 2010, Wise was given the Cultural Ambassador Award by the Grant Amherst Business Association, and his gallery; 464 Gallery, was awarded Best Art Openings by Buffalo Spree, Best Under the Radar Art Space in Artvoice's 2010 Best of Buffalo, then Best Up-And-Coming Art Space in 2011 and again in 2012.


Wise, not just an arts supporter and enthusiast, is also an artist himself with a focus on fine art photography. His vision offers unique perspectives that shift the viewer’s perspective on the plain into the exceptional, the commonplace into the abstract. He has photographed in over 35 cities in as many states and  throughout five countries. Wise has exhibited his award-winning photography in numerous juried shows, art fairs, festivals, and galleries throughout the WNY region, NYC, and Pittsburgh.


Wise, a native of Hamburg, NY and University at Buffalo graduate, currently serves as President to the Emerging Leaders in the Arts. Wise is also the creator and moderator of WNY online arts resource www.MINDWEB.us, and is the Editor and Publisher of local arts magazine, Spark.

 

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ABOUT

I grew up a nomad. By the time I was fifteen, I'd lived in more than 30 houses in 3 states. This constant change and movement has guided my artistic sense and molded me into a constant explorer: always seeking the new, the fantastic, the beautiful, and my place in it. I seek the natural order in chaos, shapes in the nebulous, patterns previously unseen: reframed, re-imagined.

As an adult, as an artist, I continue that exploration. I have since photographed in over 35 states, five countries and counting. Regardless the breadth of my map, each of my works contains a singular focus. Each image is an intimate inspection of the environment, of the object. Through close cropping and play with depth-of-field, every subject is discovered in isolation, in some cases to the point of abstraction, challenging the viewer to get closer, to reach in and touch, to feel the way I feel when composing the image.

 

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