PITTSBURGH, PA (October 15th, 2017) – From November 21st, 2017 through January 12, 2018, BoxHeart Gallery presents the Pittsburgh 10 (+2) on exhibit in our main gallery. The exhibit features twelve Pittsburgh artists with extensive exhibition experience: Zivi Aviraz, Robert Bowden, Eva Damianos, Sylvester Damianos, Kathleen DePasse, Lila Hirsh-Brody, Mark Panza, Phiris Kathryn Sickels, David Sparks, Susan Sparks, Dirk VandenBerg, and Francine VandenBerg. The artwork is contemporary in character and runs the gamut of artistic styles representing unique perspectives in different medias. The artwork presented in the Pittsburgh 10 (+2) not only celebrates the group's artistic diversity but also their friendships through exhibitions and events focusing on creating new artwork.
The Pittsburgh 10 is a group of regional artists brought together by artist Lila-Hirsch-Brody in 2015. The group includes: Zivi Aviraz, Lila Hirsch-Brody, Kathy DePasse, Joel Kranich, Lilli Nieland, Phiris Kathryn Sickels, David Sparks, Susan Sparks, Dirk VandenBerg, and Francine VandenBerg. Many of the Pittsburgh 10 first worked together at the former EastSide Gallery, a co-op gallery in Pittsburgh’s EastEnd. Aviraz, Hirsh-Brody, DePasse, Sickles, and Sparks began exhibiting together there, and often presented exhibits and guest artists for a cause. The original core group consisted of six artists, Aviraz, Hirsch-Brody, Kranich, Neiland, Sickels, and Sparks, who exhibited together at Panza Gallery. Out of this core group and their strong working relationships, exhibition and event opportunities presented themselves and the Pittsburgh 10 evolved. They continue to break the rules by including a few amazing male artists in the group!
The Pittsburgh 10 takes its name from the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists from the Philadelphia area that exhibited together between 1927 and 1945. At the time, exhibitions featuring women artists were often described as conservative, but nonetheless, an important vehicle for presenting high quality artwork by women to the general public. This was the first significant step toward integrating women into the art world. The time period in which these women made art was a significant one. From World War I through World War II, women's roles in the workforce changed dramatically. The Pittsburgh 10 borrows from this group by having six women artists at is core, who strive to break the rules in their own artwork, and often do so to support a cause. Past “causes” have included: the The Center for Women in Squirrel Hill, The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, the Magee-Womens Foundation, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWFRI), and the Zola Hirsch Education Fund of the JCC.
Reception with the Artists
Pittsburgh 10 (+2) will be on exhibit from November 21st, 2017 through January 12th, 2018 in our main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our 2nd floor exhibition, Kyle Ethan Fischer, Carolyn Pierotti, and Caleb Thimell: Distortion. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, November 25th from 5-8pm. It is free and open to the public.
PITTSBURGH, PA (October 15th, 2017) – From November 21st, 2017 through January 12, 2018, BoxHeart Gallery presents Kyle Ethan Fischer, Carolyn Pierotti, and Caleb Thimell : Distortion on exhibit in our 2nd floor gallery. Distortion is an exhibition of artwork that explores cognitive human time perception. Linked by memory and attention, our perception of time is fueled by emotion. Any slight change in emotional state affects our sense of time, rushing it forward or grinding it to a hault. The artwork of Kyle Ethan Fischer, Carolyn Pierotti, and Caleb Thimell are journey's into our ability to adapt to the many events of life and capture the multiplicity of time and experience.
A practicing studio and scenic artist in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Kyle Ethan Fischer mimics elemental processes like erosion, deposition, combustion, and cooling in his art making. His sculpture’s structures are attended through the adoption of various man made grids like antique needlework, bead work, chicken wire, or diagrams of nano-tubes, military weapons, and silica. He maps a subjective temporal experience for the viewer based on collective information.
Carolyn Pierotti's primary focus is on the internal turmoil that women face with physicality, career, and motherhood; and how this manifests externally. A celebration of all facets of the female form, Pierotti paints what it is to be a woman. She has been creating these "celebrations" of women for the past two years. While most of her figurative images are a celebration, some images are haunting, and are a direct reflection of her feelings of insecurity and loneliness as a female artist. There is an underlying story behind each layer of paint - a story of something that was happening that moment in her life.
Caleb Thimell's subjects are taken from a wide range of sources including old photographs of celebrity icons, classical Greek statues, and stills from black and white films. These sources serve as a vehicle to explore dramatic lighting technique with pencil and ink that he employs to create mood. He aims to recreate the subject he references by deliberately distorting the image.
Reception with the Artists
Kyle Ethan Fischer, Carolyn Pierotti, and Caleb Thimell : Distortion will be on exhibit from November 21st, 2017 through January 12, 2018. The exhibition coincides with our main gallery exhibition, the Pittsburgh 10 (+3). The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, November 25th 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.
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