Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Michael Ninehouser new paintings 707 Penn Gallery

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Michael Ninehouser exhibits series of new paintings at 707 Penn Gallery:
on this, the land
April 17 – May 22, 2009
707 Penn Gallery, Cultural District
Pittsburgh, PA
Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 2009, 5-7 p.m.

PITTSBURGH, PA: Local artist Michael Ninehouser presents on this, the land, a series of new paintings at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 707 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District. The exhibition opens on Friday, April 17, with a reception from 5-7 p.m., and closes on Friday, May 22, 2009.
In an artist statement, Michael Ninehouser writes: “Most important to me, when it comes to my work, is the viewer’s experience. I tend to wince a little when someone asks me what a painting means. What the painting means to me is the furthest thing from relevant when viewing these narratives. Of course they have their original purpose and value, but I do tend to believe that pieces of art aren’t truly important, or even honest, unless they can mean anything to anyone. It’s theirs to decipher. My intention will never be to take someone hostage for the sake of my commentaries.”
Upon further contemplation of the new series, he notes: “There are so many untruths regarding mankind and its society. With on this, the land I attempt to explore the assemblage of man as a united entity but on a very simplified level; at a point where the themes of not only survival, but domination and manipulation were just beginning to be explored. These things led to the eventual collective indifference that we currently and shamelessly practice. I believe it is important to remember that to have the right of ownership is merely a matter of opinion. And as of now, on this land, we are the only species with a voice. And to date nothing has been able to shut us up.”

Michael Ninehouser was born in Greensburg, Penn., in 1982. He graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. He cites the following artists as major influences on his work: Hieronymus Bosch, Marc Chagall, and Marcel Dzama. However, his greatest source of inspiration comes from film. Favorite writer and directors include Wes Anderson, David Gordon Green, Charlie Kaufman and Paul Thomas Anderson. Film has greatly informed his process of painting, and in his spare time, he also creates short works of film.

A project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 707 Penn Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information call (412) 325-7017 or visit pgharts.org.


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