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August 22nd - September 22nd

William DeBernardi and Dale Huffman


From August 22nd through September 22nd, BoxHeart Gallery presents William DeBernardi and Dale Huffman on exhibit in our main gallery.  William DeBernardi is best known for his oil paintings that are couched in observational realism. Dale Huffman's contemporary American ceramic artwork is the result of an organic and expressive process between the clay and the kiln.


Over the past ten years, DeBernardi's artwork has involved figure-based imagery concerning common human activity and behavior often within the context of seemingly everyday environments. His current body of work is a branch of that exploration. The narratives in the work spring from observations of human interaction or sometimes a lack of interaction with each other and the environments they inhabit. The imagery, environmental information (or lack of it), and abstract construct are aimed at aiding in the asking of questions about culture and the broader human condition.


Huffman increasingly understands himself as a conduit through which his work flows. His clay is often asymmetrical and indented, possessing individual uniqueness that relinquishes control. The long rich history of wood-firing is exemplified in Huffman's work where the ash from the wood produces natural glazes and surface designs. His artwork is a magnificent combination of Eastern and Western sensibilities; objects that exhibit those precious moments to trust intuition and let shape take form.


DeBernardi is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania. He received a BFA in painting from Pennsylvania State University in 1978 and an MFA in painting from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1981. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Carlow University. DeBernardi has exhibited extensively regionally, nationally, and internationally in various galleries, universities, and museums. Most recently, DeBernardi presented his exhibit An American Festival at Pennsylvania State University New Kensington Gallery and People, Places, and Things at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. His artwork resides in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, and Venezuela.


After earning his BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976, Huffman spent nearly two decades as a full-time studio artist. Since then, Huffman has continued to have an active exhibition schedule, largely national and international. Most recently, his work was exhibited at the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana as part of the exhibit Twelve Ceramic Artists. He has conducted workshops in Denmark, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.  His work and writings about ceramics have been included in books and leading periodicals from England, Germany, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.  Huffman has designed and built numerous kilns, including the wood kiln that he established in 1998 near Canonsburg Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Carlow University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.



Reception with the Artists


William DeBernardi and Dale Huffman will be on exhibit from August 22nd through September 22nd in BoxHeart’s main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our 2nd floor exhibit, Andrew Ooi: IOI OOI New Primitives. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, August 26th from 5 to 8 pm. It is free and open to the public.



August 22nd - September 22nd

Andrew Ooi



From August 22nd through September 22nd, BoxHeart Gallery is honored to debut IOI OOI New Primitives – an exhibition of hand-painted, folded gampi-paper modern artifacts – by Canadian artist Andrew Ooi.


Andrew Ooi : IOI OOI New Primitives features a series of objects that reassess principles of painting and sculpture through a combination of primitive design and novel application of Japanese joinery and origami techniques. With a limited color palette, Ooi paints studied shapes and patterns onto individual strips of handmade gampi papers he previously cut to size. He then folds the hundreds to thousands of painted strips into each other to create artworks with multiple planes – including a front and a back, inside and outside – similar to various prehistoric textiles, vessels, and adornments. Ooi’s intentional use of paper in constructing the artifacts by hand is a contemporary evolution of the stone, sticks, and finger-painting-in-the-sand methods of long ago.


Born in 1979, Andrew Ooi is based in his birthplace of Toronto, Ontario. Self-taught, his art instruction began after attempting to replicate the printmaking process of his childhood idol, artist Albrecht Dürer. Ooi discovered how incising wood or metal, that is treating a plane in three-dimensions, was necessary in creating the uneven surface to make a print. Interested in experimenting with materials entailing the same sculptural aspects–available anywhere and only requiring his hands – Ooi embraced paper folding as his medium of choice. Since then, Ooi’s artistic development has increased to include inspiration from artists Alexander Calder, George Braque, Frank Stella and more; publication in Illuminate Contemporary Craft Lighting (Bloomsbury Publishing) and 1,000 Product Designs: Form, Function, and Technology from Around the World (Rockport Publishers); exhibition regionally, abroad, and of late, SOFA 2016 and Indigo Art Buffalo; and heaps of collected paper cuttings and supplies, fortunately for now, allocable anyplace in the world. IOI OOI New Primitives is Andrew Ooi’s first exhibit as a BoxHeart Gallery artist!


Reception with the Artist


Andrew Ooi: IOI OOI New Primitives will be on exhibit from August 22nd through September 22nd in our 2nd floor gallery. The exhibition coincides with our main gallery exhibit, William DeBernardi and Dale Huffman. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, August 26th 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