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May 30th - June 30th

Carolyn Reed Barritt

Black & Blue


From May 30th through June 30th, BoxHeart Gallery presents Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue on exhibit in our main gallery. Through line, shape and structure, the artwork presented in Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue investigates character and place, creating narratives and identities that often affect each other. With art that fluctuates between painting, drawing, and sculpture, Barritt combines disparate, yet individually familiar elements to form new, off-balance realities. Her abstracted depictions and landscapes are created with marks made from ink, markers, and paint. Her sculptural works incorporate a diverse spectrum of materials, both natural and man-made, including sticks, wood, metal, and glass. Generally she works in series, creating artworks that explore particular ideas and concepts mined from a wide range of topics.  Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue examines the tension between forced order with the chaotic and unpredictable nature of our world as it evolves through a process of transformation and dissolution.


Protectors, guardians and looming threats - January 2017 seemed to explode into being. It bombarded everyone and everything with chaos, and revealed an apparently universal contempt. On all sides feelings of being battered followed, and Barritt found herself wanting to escape a world that had started to feel hostile. Her desire to flee manifested in depictions of looming threats, but it also found refuge in improbable, far away lands. This need for safety morphed into drawings of unlikely protectors and guardians. Black and blue are the colors of darkness, of bruises, and of sadness, but they are also the colors of strength and open sky. Barritt’s series, Black and Blue, expresses her current feelings of uncertainty and apprehension, but they also embody her belief in our collective ability to persevere, and eventually find balance.


Born in Carlton Minnesota, Barritt received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota in 1985. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at Site:Brooklyn (New York), Dab Art (Ventura, California) and the Alexandria Museum, (Alexandria, Louisiana). In 2014 she was selected as one of the first Visual Artists in Residence at the University of Michigan Musical Society. She currently lives and works in Ann Arbor Michigan.



Reception with the Artist


Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue will be on exhibit from May 30th through June 30th in BoxHeart’s main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our 2nd floor exhibit, Theodore Bolha: Before We Were Born. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. It is free and open to the public.



May 30th - June 30th

Theodore Bolha

Before We Were Born


From May 30th through June 30th, BoxHeart Gallery presents Theodore Bolha: Before We Were Born on exhibit in our 2nd floor gallery. The artwork presented in Theodore Bolha: Before We Were Born exemplifies Bolha’s profound ability as a self taught modern paper cutting artist. Pittsburgh's The Gallery Four, explains "with boundless patience, Theodore sculpts immaculate silhouettes of vining plant roots, lively animals, and sinuous nerve endings using only his hand and a razor. Delicate, complicated patterns and repeating fractals dance from his blade - As these remarkable pieces are hand-cut and one of a kind, chance and skill play a dynamic role in the finished piece".


Almost any textured surface stimulates Bolha’s creative process. Referred to as automatism, Bolha works by allowing his subconscious to express itself however it will. Bolha does not plan out his designs in advance he instead allows them to, "grow with the flow". Starting with a very basic intention, such as a single dot or wavy branching lines, each layer of paper proceeds in unpredictable ways. While working Bolha thinks about where paper came from, its structure and fragility, its use and the future of paper in our society, how dependent on paper civilization had to be in order for us to get to where we are today. The resulting imagery, present in Bolha’s subconscious and manifested into his artwork, feels like a place beyond our reality. Bolha calls this place The Everside; the place we came from before we were born; a realm of pure emotion that lies just beneath the surface of our material world.


Bolha is from Latrobe Pennsylvania. After graduating from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a BA in Graphic Design, Bolha worked as a freelance designer and a full time designer for a local safety company. In 2008, Bolha decided it was time for a dramatic change - a change that would eventually lead him to discover his talent for paper cutting and it's efficacy as his new medium. While visiting a friend in Miami, Bolha happened to discover the artwork of Jen Stark. Her work, as well as the work of Zdzisław Beksiński and countless others, continue to make a huge impression on Bolha; paper's potential for self expression. Most recently, his artwork has been exhibited at Gallery Four, Latrobe Art Center, and Allegory Gallery.


Reception with the Artist


Theodore Bolha: Before We Were Born will be on exhibit from May 30th through June 30th in BoxHeart’s 2nd floor gallery. The exhibition coincides with our main floor floor exhibit, Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. It is free and open to the public.


BoxHeart Gallery Visitor Information


Admission: Free and open to the public. The 1st floor (main gallery) of BoxHeart Gallery may be accessed using a ramp. The 2nd floor (gallery space) is not accessible by wheelchair.


Gallery Hours: Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

BoxHeart Gallery is closed on Mondays. For general information, call 412.687.8858.


Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224