Date: Friday, October 6th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 2 - 5pm, or by appointment.
Color, Characters, Light & Shadow:
Paintings by Kevin Mack, Parvaneh Torkaman and Particia Apuzzo
Pop up Art Exhibition with Music by the Working Poor. Artists Reception 7 – 10 pm (featured image by Particia Apuzzo)
By focusing on anatomical geometry and symbiotic hues, I dissect moments and characters to understand their intellectual and emotional core. I am an escapist and explorer, subconsciously searching for labyrinths to lose myself in, reconnecting with the unknown like an old friend. The impossibility of dichotomies are what make them so intriguing to me, making work that can be both mirror and portal, felt with the head or heart. Depending on the day, my work reads as joyful or melancholic. No moment is entirely perfect and eventually ages like old fruit.
Houdini & the Arctic Pineapple aims to challenge viewers while filling their chests with flowers. make intellects feel more and feelers think more, bridging distant gaps while meandering through magical labyrinths.
Kevin Mack is a painter from the Philadelphia area, receiving his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2013; currently living and working out of Pittsburgh. Along with studio painting, he also works with murals, photography, and design.
When I had just finished my undergrad, I had a lot of time on my hands. Wherever I went, I took a sketchbook and a pen with me. I was doodling. After three months, the doodles took a particular form and these shapes were born. I went to New York city and met a writer who recommended that I pick up a paint brush and do what I was doing as paintings. It took me a while to be comfortable with paint and brush, but I got a hang of it and ever since I have been painting. In these paintings, each stroke of the brush is an impression of something. Few strokes create a character and the characters are in relationship with each other. I consider myself a minimalist miniaturist abstract artist. It is a visual language that has been consistent for years. Like a language, each line says a different thing. From the woman whose seven children are hanging around her, to a beheading, to a couple dancing, to a lot of sad people holding their knees. These images are fruits of my unconscious.
Patricia Chiacu Apuzzo
I work with color and the interplay between light and shadow. Color relationships are the driving forces behind my work, whether I am creating something figurative or abstract. I have been exploring color relationships for my entire career, and I pride myself on the fact that my art is self-contained and refers to nothing outside of itself; it needs no explanation to be fully understood. The goal of my art is to elicit an emotional response from a viewer.
While I received a BFA in painting, I consider myself to be self-taught. I developed my own style through years of trial, error, tweaks and experimentation. I have also learned a lot about color by reproducing other well-known paintings, ranging from Byzantine icons, to the Dutch masters, to impressionists and abstract expressionists. That said, I consider myself lucky to have taken color theory courses with Paul Zelanski, who was himself a student of the famous color theorist Josef Albers. Studying and understanding color through Albers teaching methods set me on a path that I am still exploring.
Originally from New York City and its environs, I moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 where I continue to create and evolve. I am fortunate to devote myself entirely to thesendeavors.