Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Truth is Made: Artwork of Benedict Oddi

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The Truth is Made: Artwork of Benedict Oddi

Opening Reception on June 5th from 7 to 10pm. Free and open to the people. Part of "Unblurred" On Penn Avenue

4919 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh Pa 15224. Gallery Hours: Thursdays 6:30 to 9pm, Saturdays 1 to 4pm or by appointment.


The artist states: "The desire for freedom, escape, and exploration influence the narrative of my oil paintings. In my representations, I examine the possibilities of utopia and dystopia through the escapist tendency to create a parallel realism. The crafted pictorial environment is meant to emphasize a disconnection to a tactile reality, where by ideas and experiences are confused, allowing the viewer to assemble a personal narrative. By doing so, the work evokes a feeling of uneasiness through improbability; this imaginary voyage should feel familiar and sublime, filled with imminent danger."

"My theater-like arrangements of figures in landscape are placed in situations of anxiety and peril, intervened by trace elements of other-worldliness. During the course of these works I have examined human natures, social and institutional conventions. While my reflection was approached through escapism related to utopian and dystopian philosophy, I have tried not to align with one thought or the other, but choose to respond to both concerning the nature of free will."

"This where my journey begins and ends through a quest for some taste of free will. While I choose iconography and situations of peril with great significance to myself, these specific choices need not strictly inform the viewer in their interpretation of the work of art."

Exhibit runs through July 24th, 2009.


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