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tony cavalline

Tony Cavalline creates mixed media paintings that explore the subjectivity of memory, both personal and collective. He is inspired by the idea that our experience of the world is a creation of our perception of the past. The stories we carry of where we have been, what we have seen, who we are - these exist

primarily as bits of memory. They are gathered, reassembled, and sculpted in our minds to form the world we inhabit. Every recollection is an act of creation.


Cavalline incorporates old and found materials such as maps, handwritten notes, and other ephemera in his artwork to reflect the idea of a world seemingly formed of tactile scraps of consciousness. He combines these with organic materials and uses varying levels of delineation and clarity to render the visual qualities of an image still in the process of being remembered. His artwork uses motifs of mythology and narrative archetypes. The glimpses of an imperfectly recalled and legendary history typified in these stories act as a parallel to the changing and fantastical nature of our own remembered past. Cavalline sees the presence of these shared narratives in our consciousness as a kind of fragmented collective memory of real perceptions of experience.


By drawing upon these ideas, Cavalline's artwork becomes an exploration of the stories we share, the memories we keep, and the sad beauty of what is lost and forgotten. Through images assembled of the organic and mundane bits of our own journeys, the personal visions he shares seek to offer viewers an unexplored perspective on the way our actualities form into memories, and so into identity. In seeing our own existence as a subjectively viewed story, we can allow our own experiences to be acts of creation.


Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224