Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Art Inter/National @Boxheart

I took a break from studio work today and wandered up Liberty Avenue to see Boxheart's Art Inter/National today. Lovely day for it. It's great to have such an amazing venue so close to my workspace.

The Art Inter/National is an annual exhibit at Boxheart. From their show statement --
The Art Inter/National Exhibition began in January 2002 with the concept of exploring space, how the immediate environment impacts the artistic process and influences what each artist creates. Inspired by the prestigious Carnegie International, Box Heart Gallery is thrilled to offer the Pittsburgh community an intimate, yearly alternative. Over 275 entries, from regional, national, and international artists, were received this year. Of these entries, 20 artists were selected for participation and 29 works of art in a variety of media will be exhibited.

A variety of media indeed! On exhibit are some very fine works ranging from sculpture to painting.

Watercolor on Paper: Brian Shaughnessy

There is something very compelling about Shaughnessy's works. They are a little on the violent side, but that wasn't why I was drawn to theem. Rather, it was the richness of the work. For all that these are watercolors, there was a real density to the images. Very difficult to achieve with watercolors.

Encaustic: Ariela Steif

I'm a sucker for encaustics. The images above don't really do justice to the works on display at the gallery. As with any encaustic, there is considerably more depth to the works. These have a very interesting surface character, too. The imagery implies violence as it depicts strands of barbed wire.

Mixed Media : Jane Notides-Benzing

This was a sweet little work. There is an airiness to it, no doubt. The colors catch and toss your eye all the way around the work. A very energetic work with a lot of implied movement to it.

As always, a very fine show. Please stop by and find your own favorite among the works.

Art Inter/National
January 5 - January 30, 2010
Tuesday: 11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
P. 412.687.8858
F. 412.687.6338

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