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July 5 - August 12, 2016

Long Songs: Symphonic Paintings

by SUSAN CONSTANSE

 

There is a two-fold definition of murmuration; a low continuous and indistinct sound and a specific flock construction found in Starlings. In a Starling Murmuration, the flock forms and distorts as a response to pressure from the environment. A flock member watches, not the movement of the bird closest to them, but the movement of the individual three places away.

 

Susan Constanse organizes the shapes in her paintings in the same way, through a process of action and reaction. They maintain an edge, but are not strictly geometric. As she developed her gestural vocabulary in this series of paintings, the movements reminded her of a symphony, arrangements of shape and color harmonized across space.

 

To further emphasize iterations in the theme of Murmuration, Constanse selected colors for her palette with a transparent pigment base. A few paintings play with a very limited palette, specifically exploring notes of copper. Her first movement derives its use of color from elements of light and air, in contrast to elements of rare earths. Shades of copper, tempered with fire and oxidized with water, provide a bass note. The rare earths overtake air in Constanse’s second movement, with copper accompanied by loam and brass. Colors are subtly analogous within each of Constanse’s canvas, but exist at opposite ends of the spectrum within their iterations.

 

Constanse is a painter, living and working in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, London, Chicago, and Portland. Primarily working in paint for thirty years, Constanse has also explored drawing, fiber arts, and collage. Her influences include Japanese textiles, Miro, and several Surrealist practices.

 

Reception with the Artist

Saturday, July 16th, 5 - 8pm

Free and Open to the Public.

2nd FLOOR GALLERY

 

July 5 - August 12, 2016

Childhood Feedback: Mixed Media Collage

by SHAWN WATROUS

 

In Shawn Watrous' artistic investigations he makes use of a combination of mediums and surfaces including acrylic, graphite, patterned fabric, printing ink, charcoal, drawing and print papers, translucent vellum, and digital photography printed on transparent polyester film. Each of these elements contain their own information whether in terms of color, shape, mark or gesture, representation or abstraction. Through a process of layering these bits of information together, Watrous is juxtaposing aspects of geometric abstraction, gestural expressionism, and photographic representation as a means of creating images that deal with memory and identity.

 

Watrous was born in San Francisco in 1977 and was raised on the San Francisco peninsula surrounded by ocean, the bay, mountains, and urban sprawl. Images from this part of the country are imprinted in his mind and continue to inform his artwork and aesthetic interests. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and his MFA from Kent State University, Kent Ohio in 2013. He currently resides in Western Pennsylvania and is an adjunct professor teaching Art Appreciation at Penn State University New Kensington.

 

Reception with the Artist

Saturday, July 16th, 5 - 8pm

Free and Open to the Public.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224