Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announces Ten Solo and Collaborative Exhibits

For Immediate Release

January 9, 2013

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announces Ten Solo and Collaborative Exhibits

(Pittsburgh, PA)  - Pittsburgh Center for the Arts announces ten separate exhibits of selected artists from the tri-state area. All 5,000 square feet of gallery space at PCA has been opened up for the artists, who offer a look at the variety of visual languages and concepts being navigated today. Curator Adam Welch says, "These artists represent a cross-section of some of the best emerging and established contemporary artists working in the Pittsburgh region today."

The collaborative artists are: David Bernabo and Emily Walley; Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino; Eli Blasko, Eric Charlton and Ian F. Thomas.

The solo artists are: Stephen Chalmers, Jonathan Chamberlain, Lizzy DeVita, William McAllister, David Montano, Lenore D. Thomas, and Kara Ruth Snyder.

The ten exhibits (see titles below) are on view from February 1 through April 7. An opening reception will be held on Friday evening, February 1 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. It is open to the public; admission is $5; free to PF/PCA members. Artists talks will be announced at a later date.

This May Not Take That Long, by David Bernabo and Emily Walley
This audio/video installation examines the relationship of time, movement and process through a series of recorded actions performed by the artists. Throughout the installation space, corresponding and overlapping audio tracks detail conversations and sounds generated during the activity of producing the work itself. Bernabo is a musician/artist who performs with the rock band/theater troupe/artist collective Host Skull. Walley is a sculptor and video artist who recently co-curated "Ley Line" at Assemble Gallery in Garfield with artist/writer Justin Hopper.

Untitled 1, by Jeremy Boyle and Mark Franchino
Primarily a sound and video installation, Untitled 1 also combines elements of drawing and sculptural forms with these electronic elements. It references everything from the global housing crisis to building trades, from dumpsters to playhouses, while addressing themes of system, definition and communication. Artist/musician Boyle is currently the co-director of the Children's Innovation Project at the CREATE Lab of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Franchino, a curator and artist working in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and video, is an Associate Professor of Art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Inter-subjectivity,  by Eli Blasko, Eric D. Charlton and Ian F. Thomas
This collaborative exhibit consists of a room-sized diorama, closed off except for three access portholes, each leading to a unique experience designed by one of the artists. Each segment of the whole will deal with a particular viewpoint on historical and contemporary constructs. When considered as a whole, the installation suggests the interconnectedness of our individual experiences.
Blasko works with two-dimensional mixed media, drawing, textiles, sculpture, installation, video, and performance art. Charlton works in mixed media sculptures, and Thomas is a ceramicist and painter. All based in Western PA, their artwork is conceptually driven with an emphasis on hierarchy, social structure and education.

Transience, by Stephen Chalmers
The photographic portraits in this series are placed in juxtaposition to images of the landscape they occupy. There are both affluent "snowbirds" and those of very limited means - including methamphetamine addicts, ex-convicts, and others choosing to live off the grid - in the Southwest desert.  Former professor of Photography and Digital Media at Central Washington University, Chalmers is currently Professor of Photography at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Slo Poke, by Jonathan Chamberlain
Chamberlain's exhibit employs paintings, drawings, with vinyl cutouts, wall hangings and small sculptural objects. He examines how we gild the past, in contrast to the present. Chamberlain, who's also a musician, has a background in printmaking, painting and pop art. He has exhibited and curated in several galleries in downtown Pittsburgh.  

Homographies, by  Lizzy De Vita
This new video-based installation further explores De Vita's interest in relationships between structure and content, and perception and consumption. It is an abridged documentation of three women, who shared mitochondrial DNA, singing the same song alone in their homes. De Vita's background is in printmaking, but works in a variety of media. She has worked at various print shops, including Pace Editions, Inc. in New York and Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh.

Public Lives, by William McAllister
An exhibit of new and recent watercolors based on the artist's responses to how people reveal their humanity in the environs they created. Images of individuals navigating interior and exterior environments combine as scenes of complacency, enrichment, detachment or warmth. McAllister has been painting in various styles for six decades, exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. He has worked for 30 years as an art director and production designer in the motion picture industry.

NON-WORK, by David Montano
A mixed media collage/assemblage and video installation, NON-WORK is a series of pieces made from common, non-traditional and found materials. It continues some of the same themes present in Montano's other work: memory, absence, error and the compromising human impulse to subvert, self-edit or conceal through erasure. Montano has exhibited at Carnegie Museum of Art, The Mattress Factory, and Unsmoke Systems.

Somewhere In Between, by Lenore D. Thomas
Thomas' site-specific wall installation with projected imagery, is based on her most recent two-dimensional work, which recreates landscapes through layers of overlapping geometric and synthetic abstract shapes. It is accompanied by large prints of her work. Thomas has exhibited  nationally and internationally, and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

Above Dusk, by Kara Ruth Snyder
Through a series of large-scale abstract acrylic and mixed media paintings, the artist explores the process of traveling from a place of struggle to a place of peace. Using her own experience of vision loss, with personal accounts of Holocaust survivors, Snyder investigates change and loss on both an individual and a mass scale. Snyder is an expressionist painter who primarily works in an abstract style.  She exhibits her work regionally and was the former Studio Arts Director at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Snyder will be donating 5% of her exhibit sales to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is located at 6300 Fifth Avenue in Shadyside.
Admission to the galleries is $5 for adults,  $4 for seniors (62+) and $3 for students; free for children 12 and under and to members of PF/PCA. By special arrangement with Carnegie Mellon University, CMU students are also admitted free with current ID.

Gallery hours are:
Tues, Weds: 10 - 5; Thurs: 10 -7; Fri, Sat: 10 - 5; and Sun: noon - 5:00.