May 10 - June 24, 2016
Floodgates for Hydra
Jennipher Satterly has been exploring her steadfast and deep-rooted fascination with plastic material and its dominant presence in our global culture since the early 1990's. Countless paintings of plastic objects are her response to our desensitization to material consumption. Satterly seeks to convey this message through her process of representation and painterly realism. Mentored by the most recognized New York Photorealist Still Life painters, Satterly's artwork is a scattered sea of painterly marks full of color and light. Her focus on consumption portrayed through a meticulous process of mark-making seeks to capture the insatiable desires preoccupying our society. This conscious choice of subject matter not only reinforces Satterly’s long-standing love affair with act of painting itself, but her attraction to paint objects readily available and significant for their visual merit. Plastic consumer products in every form fit that bill. She has stayed true to her process championing “the mark," the gesture made by the brush with the exact amount of paint, at the right velocity, in the right direction, applied in a series of movements like that of a conductor's hands in a symphony, yielding a result that is nothing other than magic.
Lernaean Hydra, the unstoppable multi-headed mythological serpent in the sea, remains undefeated. Floodgates are needed to hold back the storm that is coming. Like the tempest before the rainbow, what is to come will be much worse before it gets any better. Satterly remarks, "The exhibition, Floodgates for Hydra, represents two decades of very important artwork. Its significance is clearer to me more than ever and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to share it. What’s most compelling is the question of how to handle the byproducts of this level of consumption. Will we allow it to ultimately consume us?"
Satterly received her BFA from SUNY Purchase and her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. Satterly’s artwork has been exhibited internationally and in the United States. Most recently, her paintings were exhibited at The Hostetter Center for the Arts Gallery, The Pingry School, Martinsville, New Jersey. Satterly’s work has also been featured at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City.
Reception with the Artist
Saturday, May 21st, 5 - 8pm
Free and Open to the Public.
2nd FLOOR GALLERY
May 10 - June 24, 2016
That was the River, This is the Sea
Joshua Hogan's series of paintings, "That was the River, This is the Sea”, were created from 2015 to 2016. Like the 1985 acclaimed Waterboys album, This is the Sea, Hogan’s painting process has become second nature. The forms he creates, suspended in a mythical landscape, speak to him. They tell him what to do and where to go, not only in the resulting painting but also in life. Hogan's paintings are poetic. They are intended to portray an abstracted interpretation of our natural and spiritual world in a way that emphasizes how what we create is reflected back to us. Many of his paintings have several incarnations before he feels they are complete, before the painting presents an epiphany of time and memory and the experience that brought him to now. Pittsburgh born, Hogan received his BA in painting from Carlow College (now Carlow University). While at Carlow College, Hogan began a series of abstract paintings inspired by the opportunity to take part in the program Semester at Sea. His journey to countries such as Turkey, Egypt, and Libya, laid the foundation for the fluid forms he creates today. His paintings have shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and Fallingwater. The Tower at PNC Plaza recently acquired several of his paintings for the corporate headquarters art collection. Hogan’s paintings have also appeared in several film projects including Bloodlines (TV Series), Those Who Kill (TV Series), The Perks of Being a Wall Flower (Feature Film), and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (Feature Film). Over the past three years, Hogan’s paintings have been exhibited in Buffalo NY, Toronto Canada, Miami Beach FL, and New York City.
James Shipman's artwork has a long genesis and is the natural culmination of thirty years of artistic exploration and endeavor. Certain motifs and particular found objects reoccur in his artwork. The circle, whether a reused metal wheel or clay disc, is clearly an important part of his vocabulary, along with chains, ladders, spheres, and heads. All speak to the universality and complexity of life. Life as a circle and the world as a sphere, inhabited by humans shackled but capable of freedom, imprisoned by chains but with ladders offering a form of escape. As a universal force, gravity becomes crucially important in Shipman's artwork, as does the power of the Earth. From the geocentric nature of his artwork, the viewer becomes aware that Shipman sees the Earth itself as being a giant potter's wheel shaping the lives of everyone as it rotates. Furthermore, he is stating that those looking for answers out in the depths of space or some sort of religious heaven are sorely mistaken - the answers are right here on Earth. Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Shipman earned his BA in Art Education and BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Marietta College and his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. A ceramist, sculptor, entrepreneur, artist-educator, and community activist, Shipman co-founded both the Wilkinsburg Arts Alliance and the East End Event. He served as the President of Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors from 2000 to 2010. His artwork has been exhibited extensively across Pittsburgh including The Clay Place, Society of Contemporary Craft, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and Panza Gallery. Most recently, his artwork was exhibited in the James C. Myford Sculpture Invitational at Slippery Rock University. He currently works as a professional sculptor out of his studio at 744 Rebecca Avenue in Wilkinsburg.
Daria Sandburg is a Pittsburgh-based multi-media artist. Using found historical objects, sculpted metal work, fused glass, and narrative brought meaningfully together to form a new coherent whole, Sandburg gives form to time and memory by visually creating a quiet glimpse into a worn, personal history. Sandburg's objects are not meant to be perceived in isolation from her artistic process. The materials she selects are intended to awaken within the viewer the value of daily experience and the connection between the universal and the individual organically. Her assemblage works contain hidden treasures. Open a jar to find a pendant, unravel fabric to find hidden text. Sandburg fosters imagination by creating a participatory experience between her artwork and the viewer. Born in Rock Island Illinois, Sandburg was the co-founder of Bohemia Gallery in Tucson Arizona where she curated exhibitions while making her own artwork. In 2012, she moved to Pittsburgh for her residency exhibition, In Her Own Words, at Borelli-Edwards Galleries. In the 2013 35th Annual Frank Sticks Exhibit at Glenn Eure Gallery in Nags Head North Carolina, Sandburg's artwork received top honors with the Best of Show Award. In 2014, Sandburg's artwork was selected to appear in the Lions Gate upcoming motion picture The Last Witch Hunter, which was released last October. In the summer of 2015, Sandburg took to the streets of Pittsburgh with her self-initiated public project, Baggage Claim, an artistic community experience of sharing stories, burning up the drek, letting go, and using hope to fuel new possibilities.
Reception with the Artists
Saturday, May 21st, 5 - 8pm
Free and Open to the Public.
Tuesday 11 - 6
Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6
Sunday 1 - 5