PITTSBURGH, PA (February 1, 2017) – It is with great pleasure that we present Jackie Hoysted: Conflicted, Hoysted's 2nd exhibition with our gallery, which will be on exhibit in our main gallery February 28th - March 24th, 2017.
When Jackie Hoysted was a teenager, her mother bought a second house no less than a mile away from the cottage-type house where she lived with her husband, Hoysted's father. She bought that house, without consulting her husband, because she hated the cottage and knew that he would never move. Hoysted's mother decorated the new house with love. Over the years, the children moved into the new house one-by-one and finally she moved in after her husband died. They always called it the “new house”, never home.
Hoysted's current body of work, Conflicted, explores the idea of home. Hoysted's home is here is the U.S. and yet, when she says, "I’m going home”, she actually means that she is going to Ireland. But when she's home in Ireland, she's a visitor - someone home for a short vacation. Until recently, Hoysted hadn’t keenly felt this conflict inside of her or the questions she asks herself; "What is home? Is it where I am from, the soil I was born on, the landscape I know so well, the culture I inherited versus where I am now? Or is it the house I live in, the friends that support me and the politics and issues I embrace as mine"? Hoysted's current imagery seeks to integrate her as one simultaneously both immigrant and emigrant by referencing the Irish landscape, borrowing Irish cultural motifs, and adopting the ancient Celtic Ogham script to communicate where she is today.
Hoysted (b. Dublin, Ireland) is a multi-media artist living and working in Bethesda, Maryland. She is interested in creating awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to her such as identity, health, feminism, economy, and religion. Depending on the project, she articulates her thoughts through paintings, sculpture, photography, videography, performance, and installation utilizing both traditional and non-traditional materials.
She has had multiple solo shows of her artwork throughout the U.S., including Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Illinois and has been featured in several notable publications, including: the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Express, the Gazette, the Washington City Paper, The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and the Richmond and Baltimore Examiners’. The digital media author Scott Ligon selected her work for inclusion in his book The Digital Art Revolution. She is the founder of Countdown Temporary Artspace and visual arts curator for Solas Nua, an Irish organization that promotes contemporary Irish art in the Washington DC area. She is also a contributing writer to The Studio Visit online magazine. She has been the recipient of grants from Montgomery County, Maryland, and the Vermont Studio Center; and has had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat in Ireland and at The Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. She has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a fine arts degree from the George Washington Corcoran School of Arts & Design, Washington DC.
Reception with the Artist
Jackie Hoysted: Conflicted will be on exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery from February 28th - March 24th, 2017. The reception with the artist will be held Saturday, March 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
PITTSBURGH, PA (February 1, 2017) – It is with great pleasure that we present Annie Heisey: Places We Have Never Known which will be on exhibit in our 2nd floor gallery February 28th - March 24th, 2017.
Annie Heisey’s paintings reflect the idea that our perceptions are colored by our past experiences, limiting our ability to see our world in its entirety with all of its conflicting motives and points of view. As we experience the world, our minds act as a filter where inevitably some information is lost and some is added in forms of bias and preconceived notions. Her current body of work examines the idea of nostalgia and how it colors our perception of the present. Memories of a "simpler time" often omit the less ideal aspects of the past and ignore progress that has been made, affecting our view of the present on both personal and national levels. Nostalgia creates places in our mind that have never truly existed. Heisey’s paintings visually illustrate those nonexistent places, incomplete worlds interrupted by the very brush strokes that have created them. As her brush strokes layer atop one another, they build images that come into focus and then break apart, resulting in a partially realized world that reflects the limitations of human perception.
Heisey is a painter living in working in her native Pittsburgh PA. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting and a BS in Art Education from Penn State University in 2003 where she won the Freedman and Hamill prize. In 2005 she joined the MFA Painting program at Boston University and was chosen as a finalist for the Esther B. and Albert S. Kahn Career Entry Award. After graduating from Boston University with her MFA in 2007 she was awarded the Junior Artist in Residence position at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and continued to work at OCAC, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Nike's Blue Ribbon Studios until her move back to Pittsburgh in 2016. Her artwork has been shown at museums, galleries, and colleges across the country including the Boston Center for the Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and recently at SITE:Brooklyn in Brooklyn NY.
Reception with the Artist
Annie Heisey: Places We Have Never Known will be on exhibit at BoxHeart Gallery from February 28th - March 24th, 2017. The reception with the artist will be held Saturday, March 4th from 5 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
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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.
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