Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh



Fe Arts Gallery
4102 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 254-4038
Exhibition Dates: August 12 - September 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th, 7 - 9pm


Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh

curated by Julie Leidner and Elizabeth Mooney


Two painters from different parts of the country found themselves living in Pittsburgh, and had a conversation about the state of abstract painting in the Rust Belt. They observed the history of the region’s rise and fall of industry embedded within the complexities of the landscape. They wondered whether those features were in turn reflected in the abstract language of the city’s painters.

The result of this exploration is Rust Melt: New Abstractions from Pittsburgh, an exhibition at Fe Gallery curated by Julie Leidner and Elizabeth Mooney. The eight artists in this exhibition have an intimate connection with Pittsburgh, each creating work that prioritizes the human gesture through an investigation of landscape, place and time. These artists choose to question and defy logic, making work that challenges functionality in favor of chaos. As paintings, these works are non-machines.

This exhibition is the most recent installment of the Fe Gallery Guest Curator Program, and features new abstract work by eight artists with ties to the city of Pittsburgh: N Sean Glover, Jessica Langley, Dana Lok, Clayton Merrell, Meghan Olson, Karen Seapker, James Schaffer, and Adam Welch. You can read more about the exhibition on the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=229739877070951.

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