January 17 - February 17, 2017

2017 Artist of the Year : Alice Raymond

Nowhere & Now Here


It is with great pleasure that BoxHeart Gallery presents our 2017 Artist of the Year, Alice Raymond, and her debut solo exhibition in Pittsburgh, Nowhere & Now Here. Alice Raymond: Nowhere & Now Here will be on exhibit in our main gallery January 17th to February 17th, 2017.


Born French in the suburbs of Paris, Raymond traveled through Europe as a child before moving to the United States as an adult. In the article Intimate Mapping by Emily Fayet of Art in Facts, Fayet describes Raymond's journey, "As a result of her travels, Raymond became interested in maps and how to represent her daily confrontation with language. Upon arriving in the U.S., she began collecting words and translating them into geometrical drawings in a sketchbook known as her 'encyclopedia'". This practice allows Raymond to assign shape to word, her own codified language. When a shape she creates resonates with a word she selects, she paints it in acrylic on imperfect parallelograms of recycled textile that can be rolled or folded like a map. The final result captures the intricacies of translation, but more than that, questions our relationship to the notion of territory and how geography defines people.


Referring to Korzybski and his theory of General Semantic, language is a limitation of our abilities. By processing the social choices influenced by her travels and everyday encounters, Raymond brings up collective pluralistic ideas and questions the individualistic tendencies popular in our world.  Raymond explains, "For this first exhibition in Pittsburgh, the best quote is Newton's: 'We build too many walls and not enough bridges.' What if all is really linked? What if every answer is already before our eyes, waiting for observation and contemplation? Maybe the best way is to be here, taking time to care of the surroundings."


Raymond earned an MA in Language Sciences from the University of Grenoble and an MA in Visual Arts from the University of Bordeaux. Her work, based on social and cultural research, has been shown in cultural and educative venues in Europe and in USA, as the Florida Atlantic University Galleries and MOCA NoMi (FL), Root Division (CA), the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Harper College Gallery in Palatine (IL). She received a European Grant for the German Art Residency Art Aspects and was an AIRIE Fellow in 2013. Focused on socio-cultural issues, she started her photography series about urbanism and space occupancy. Raymond shares her time between Bordeaux in France and the USA..


Reception with the Artist


Alice Raymond: Nowhere & Now Here will be on exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery from January 17th - February 17th, 2017. The reception with the artist will be held Saturday, January 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.



January 17 - February 17, 2017

Heather Heitzenrater



It is with great pleasure that BoxHeart Gallery presents Heather Heitzenrater: Thresholds in our 2nd floor gallery January 17th to February 17th, 2017.


Heitzenrater is fascinated with conveying the human figure in surreal environments. Compelled by characters in science fiction novels and fantasy books, Heitzenrater's paintings explore the split second these characters spend in that thin space captured between dream and reality. Heitzenrater defines this space as a threshold and imagines what it would be like to get suck there or to just nose about. Her current series, Thresholds, incorporates the figure with reflective Mylar. Its silver, liquid-like surface forms abnormal shapes and catches magnificent colors from its surroundings. Reflections contort images in ways that makes us see things differently. It creates abstract images in real life by twisting and bending to the point where objects and places are intangible. Heitzenrater uses these reflections to create a world full of chaos and curiosity.  The Mylar acts as the portal that ties the real world to the unknown. It pulls the figure into this thin space between worlds.  Sometimes, the Mylar wraps itself around the figure as if it has arms or as if the figure disintegrates into the portal. Each figure reacts to this action in a diverse and unique way; fear, anger, intrigue, confusion, or sometimes nostalgia of a time long ago. Her artwork consists of oil paintings on wooden panels that range from 24" X 30" to 40" X 45".


Heitzenrater (b. 1992) grew up in Punxsutawney PA. She now lives with her husband and their two cats in Pittsburgh. Heitzenrater received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Her work has been shown in the Erie Art Museum and has be published in the Chimera 11 journal and also on the cover of the Happy Hour Review. In addition, Heitzenrater is an exhibition chair person for the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA). Along with showing her artwork around the city, Heitzenrater also hosts painting parties at Painting with a Twist in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Heitzenrater's studio is located at the Radiant Hall Susquehanna location.



Reception with the Artist


Heather Heitzenrater: Thresholds will be on exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery from January 17th - February 17th, 2017. The reception with the artist will be held Saturday, January 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. 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