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Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Stone Gallery Summer Group Show

My works, Lady Of The Mantel and Memory Of The Fall will be part of White Stone Gallery's Summer Group Exhibition through July 25th.   Located in the Arts Corridor in Philadelphia, White Stone Gallery is the leading commercial gallery in the art and faith genre in the U.S.

Here is a list of the 2014 selected artists and works:

Anna Agoston - Untitled #24, Untitled #133
Nichole Bartlow - Thy Kingdom Come
Aldys Caballero - "Sigh"
Jorge Caligiuri - Redefined Surface #V, Redefined Surface #VII
Susan Card - Leap of Joy
Robert deJonge - The Couple
Jon Fischer - Uncharted/Unnamed/Untitled
Pam Lacey - Seeing From The Inside Out
Thomas Mc Anulty - Visitation
Steven Nesheim - Grace
Michelle Arnold Paine - Pilgrimage: St. Peter's
Laura Peturson - Brambly Underbelly, Prodigy
Christopher Ruane - Lady Of The Mantel, Memory of the Fall
Matti Sirvio - Northward Bound
Marissa Voytenko - Seen Better Days
Dawn Waters Baker - John 1
Agata Wisniowska - Painted by Nature
Katie Yang - Three sculptures from the Core series

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Most Wanted Fine Art @ The Waterfront

One of the works from my series Stranger Than Life  will be on display at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery's brand new Waterfront location in Homestead. My image Memory Of The Fall  was chosen by curator, Scott Hunter among other works by many talented Pittsburgh artists. The image has special importance to me because it was the inspiration for the series and deals with my own personal history.  The project is about our first encounters with the idea of death. The images explore the way the mind of a child processes these emotions, oftentimes recreating events into stranger than life experiences. To create these works I will be interviewing people from all walks of life searching for the moment of each person's realization of mortality and how the content of their experience is changed over time. I believe these memories have a strong and lasting impression due to their timing, happening at such a fragile and impressionable stage of life.

The first piece is about my own personal memory.  When I was very young my mother told me not to climb on things. She explained that when she was a child, she knew a boy who fell out of a tree and died or so I remembered. Later in life while discussing the subject with my father, he clarified that it wasn't a boy at all, but was actually my mother who had fallen out of the tree and merely broke her arm. This is when I realized the story had either been changed in my mind or exaggerated to teach me a lesson. This sparked my interest and led me to wonder what amazing images might be hiding in the minds of others and how have they  been distorted and for what reason.

In the image Memory Of The Fall  it is obvious that the boy has lost his kite in a rather ominous place and has failed in his attempt to retrieve it. His face is purposely covered by the branch commenting on the fact that he has no identity and is only real in the context of my mind. Also, notice that the girl walks away slowly and is transparent in her depiction, indicating that she is not a part of the boy's world. She is simply a memory of my mother's, sharing the same space with my version of the story. The image takes on a dreamlike quality, oddly beautiful and reminiscent. Inspired by the famous American painting, Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth, it too amplifies a feeling of longing and a strange combination of melancholy beauty.

The work will be on display through July 9th.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Art Of The State: Pennsylvania 2014

I am happy to announce that my work The Good Samaritan  will be on display at The State Museum Of Pennsylvania through September 7th as part of the 2014 Art Of The State Exhibition. As one of only 122 pieces chosen from almost 1800 submissions, I was honored to be included in this prestigious show. Here is a link showing all of the  works chosen for the exhibition.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

AAP 103rd At The Westmoreland Museum Of American Art

An image from my new series Stranger Than Life  was chosen for the AAP 103rd Annual Exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum Of American Art. Chief Curator Barbara L. Jones chose Lady Of The Mantel  for inclusion among several other beautiful works from AAP members. The series is about our first encounters with the idea of death. The new project explores the way the mind of a child processes these emotions, oftentimes recreating events into stranger than life experiences.

The exhibition will be held June 1st through August 31st with an opening reception June 14th, 6:00PM-9:00PM. This exhibition is the oldest and longest continuing survey of regional art in the country. This showing has quite a record of past exhibiting artists including Henry Koerner, Samuel Rosenberg, Philip Pearlstein, Jonathan Borofsky, Peter Muller Munk, Virginia Cuthbert, Mary Cassatt, and Andy Warhol to name only a few. Averaging over 400 art lovers in attendance, the opening night remains an important event in the Pittsburgh arts community. This showing is especially important in this time of a rapidly growing Pittsburgh arts community acquiring national notice.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival

I will be exhibiting at the Three Rivers Arts Festival June 13th-15th, booth 213. Stop by and see some of my new photographic creations. My latest work to be unveiled at this year’s festival is titled The Decline. Specifically targeted for the Pittsburgh crowd, the work transports the viewer decades into a future that the artist hopes never comes to reality. In the image, we see the iconic Duquesne Incline abandoned and almost forgotten. The small and only indication of its resting place is revealed by a glimpse of the Pittsburgh skyline and evidence of vandals. Almost a warning, The Decline, comments on our generation’s lack of interest in things non-technological in nature. Being one of the few remaining inclines in the country, will it stand the test of time and remain a trusted icon of the Steel City or will we become the old man looking back remembering what once was?

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Three Works To Be Exhibited In 2014 Westmoreland Arts Nationals

Three of my works were chosen to be featured as part of the 2014 Westmoreland Arts Nationals. The show opening will be Saturday, May 31 2014 from 7- 9 pm. Juror Jorge Luis Porrata, Profesor at George Mason University, chose Temptation, Celestial Event, and In Search Of  to be part of this wonderful exhibition. Two of the works will also be exhibited at the Westmoreland Arts And Heritage Festival. Below is the image, Temptation with part of its accompanying artist statement.  I have included detailed images of the work as well because of its massive scale and immense content. To freely explore the work in more detail please use the link provided. * *

Temptation is a modern interpretation of one of Christ’s trials, as a human being. At this one moment, we are led to experience the image in an almost hallucinogenic way through the eyes of someone who has not eaten in 40 days, the battle between good and evil, and Christ’s prophecy.

The piece must be studied to reveal subtle symbols and concepts. The viewer is asked to step into Christ’s vision where he sees that people will look to false sources of power before God. Trees become demons, clouds become the Kingdom of the World, and the rocks in the desert become the people he must die to save. The rose growing out of Christ’s chest represents the five wounds suffered during crucifixion, the presence and miracle of God, and the blood of Christian martyrs. The capital building represents our society, to whom we look for our needs to be met, fragile as clouds, weakened by temptation.

Like the rock he holds, Christ knows that without his personal sacrifice, his people will be nothing more than soulless stones.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Less Is More

Two of my works will be featured in the Less Is More exhibition hosted by The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College. I am very happy to be a part of this exhibition and I look forward to showing my work in such a beautiful space. The Mitchell Gallery brings world-renowned art to the mid-Atlantic region and serves as a center of learning for the visual arts. Accreditation in 2011 by AAM (American Alliance of Museums) places The Mitchell Gallery among the top 4.5% of art museums in the United States.

This exhibition of small works includes 272 pieces of art by 186 artists from across the nation. The distinguished juror of the exhibition, Domenic Iacono, is the director of Syracuse University Art Galleries. In addition to having curated several exhibitions, and written numerous print catalogs over the years, Iacono teaches in the graduate museum studies program at Syracuse University, where his area of special interest is the history and curatorship of prints. The exhibition will display a large variety of media including paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, artist's books, collages, mixed media, photographs, jewelry and small sculpture.

The Premiere Opening to Less is More is May 28, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. with delicious food, wine, beer, and a signature cocktail provided by Annapolis and Baltimore-area restaurants and businesses. Live music by the Rob Levit Duo.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artwork and Design For 4-4-43

I recently had the pleasure of creating the artwork and design for the movie 4-4-43. The film, directed and produced by John D . Lukacs, will be featured in the 2014 GI Film Festival. The screening is scheduled for the Old Town Theater, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, May 25, at 5 p.m.

In addition to the artwork and design, I also created a special logo for the Mission Of Honor. The hope of this mission is to see Col. Ed Dyess finally receive the Medal Of Honor. After seeing the film, I believe that many will feel that this is long overdue. Hopefully the logo will assist in this noble pursuit.

Shot in HD in both the U.S. and the Philippines, 4-4-43 features vintage WWII media, captured enemy combat footage, interviews with surviving veterans and noted historians and the narrative talents of Hollywood actor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dale Dye (Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers) as well as “The Voice of the Oscars,” Tom Kane, as Ed Dyess.

A is a brief synopsis of the film: On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts broke out of an escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines. The secret that they carried out with them would shock the world. Called the “Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific” by the U.S. War Department in 1944, the full, uncensored true action adventure tale has been lost to history for nearly seven decades – until now.

* Here is a link to view the trailer for 4-4-43:.*

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 41st Hoyt Regional Exhibition

My image, The Wise Ones was chosen for inclusion in The Hoyt Center For The Arts 41st Regional Exhibition. The Juror for the show is Dr. Louis A. Zona, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Butler Institute Of American Art in Youngstown, OH. The chosen image is very special to me. My wife and I were on a photo adventure on the desert side of the island of Aruba. While exploring old ruins and natural pools we came across a strange site. Thousands upon thousands of carefully stacked stones for miles as far as the eye could see. It was a breathtaking site to behold. How did these tiny structures come to be? After questioning a local guide about these strange rock formations, we soon realized that they were created by travelers who stack the stones and make wishes that often come true. Some, he said believe they are fertility stones and when they are stacked with your partner a wish is made for a baby to be born. With the opportunity in front of us we decided to play along and to our great joy months later our son Isaac was born.  In thinking of this happy moment I thought it would only be appropriate to create an image that would preserve the magic of that moment and build upon this idea for my son to enjoy.  In the image The Wise Ones, I tried to evoke the feeling that the stones held great power, almost alive with wisdom or the knowledge of things to come. The beauty of the stars and sea cradling them in a salty breeze, all the while the jellyfish, like messengers rub up against the stones, receive the wishes and carry them to heaven.  Well, that’s the way I saw it.

* Please click the link to explore this image in detail. *
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The New Collective

My work, Loss Of Freedom will be on display  at The Pittsburgh Center For The Arts through January 19, 2014. The piece is part of an exhibition titled "The New Collective". The show was curated by: Petra Fallaux, Creative Director for Springboard Design; Renee Stout, internationally known multi‐media artist; and Bill Horrigan, Curator‐at‐Large for the the Wexner Center and  a previous member of the three‐ person Advisory Team for the Whitney Museum’s 2008 Biennial Exhibition. “The New Collective” provides the opportunity for the Guilds of Pittsburgh to work in unity creating an exhibition that defines a new era. Works were chosen from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Group A, Pittsburgh Print Group, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Society of Sculptors, and Women of Visions, Inc. Don't miss this unique exhibition. With such a vast array of  talent, It is sure to have something for everyone.

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Loss Of Freedom artist statement:
Throughout the world there are many places where acts of war and violence are a common sight. A tank rolling down the street is a normal occurrence. Americans have the luxury of pretending these places merely exist on our televisions. The artist forces us to experience the terror of war by placing elements of panic and destruction into our own neighborhood. The work was inspired by images of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The artist asks, in an age of greed, terrorism, and moral ignorance, will we be able to prevent a complete and total loss of freedom?
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