Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Arabella Proffer @Box Heart Gallery

Splendor and Safety Pins is a charming exhibit. The works are very sweet, small portraits of imaginary luminaries. The first thing thought of when I walked in the gallery was steampunk. from the artist statement --
Channeling costume history of the Renaissance through the Georgian period, each highly detailed painting is Proffer's depiction of old world aristocratic decadence; these mannerist gothic and punk portraits of imaginary nobility explore the roles that beauty, vanity, entitlement and virtue play in shaping aesthetic outcomes. Concerned with identity, first impressions, and the ideas and representations of counter-culture and tradition, each piece explores how piercing, tattoos, and punk rock style might have been adopted by aristocrats and social elites as part of their decoration for serious portraits to be left as a reminder of their legacy.

The paintings' descriptions were captivating, with a short biography of the individuals pictured. The exhibit is up through October 10.

September 15 - October 10
Splendor and Safety Pins
Box Heart
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224
P. 412.687.8858
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

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