Irreversibility of Time
Our last show of the year will feature a selection of paintings, photographs, illustrations and sculptures by local and international Artists.
Join us to this event that will welcome the beginning of a new decade and enjoy this amazing exhibition.
Michel Demetria Tsouris
Lorrie Minicozzi &
Considering emotions, I use my sense of memory and feelings to communicate my fascination with the misunderstood and fantastic, addressing humanness. Examining the roles our societal structures impose on us, and the effect our surroundings contribute to our perception and our persona, I explore relationships in the world, within ourselves and one another, and the world that exists beyond our immediate perceptions and understanding of ourselves as individuals. I project ideas of characters, rooted in our practical and historical constraints that are meant to be abstracted, and in their vagueness relate to our individual feelings, processes, and existence. Using communication through ceramics, I try to recreate the humor and pathos that closely relate to my experience and general confusion about life and the individual. The honest forms I seek are guarded or informed through decorative glaze, much like we as people stand behind our personas, carefully calculating how we present ourselves to one another.
Luke Desmone is a Philadelphia artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is strongly influenced by environment and the experience of our predecessors, through clay, fantasy, and personal mythology Desmone explores culture in a post-digital era. Desmone explores the purpose of existence and the confusion that lies in that search, or plainly the confusion of existence. He uses his materials to describe facets of life and expressions of emotion and experience, responding to the essence of being human, what that means as our society progresses, as the individual changes. Desmone received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of the Arts and currently works with AmeriCorps as a member of the ArtistYear Fellowship where he works in a public K-8 school in Philadelphia.
Katie Kaplan is a visual artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, currently living and working in
Philadelphia. She has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries, museums,
community spaces, and print shops across the United States. Recent accomplishments include completion of the Post-Graduate Apprentice Training Program at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Cindi Royce Ettinger Scholarship at Second State Press, and The Denbo Fellowship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and the 40th street Artist in Residence program. For over 10 years, she has worked as a professional teaching artist and community artist, work that is critical and intrinsic to her art practice as a whole. Kaplan received a BFA with Honors and Outstanding Merit in Sculpture from Pratt Institute in 2011.
Katie Kaplan is a multi-disciplinary artist , with a focus on exploring printmaking at the
intersection of sculpture, fiber arts, photography and video. In Kaplan’s work, sewn and printed textile banners elevate and embrace the decorative, the ultra-girly, and the magical aspects of femininity, challenging the notion that femininity is contrived, wasteful, disposable and frivolous.
Evoking both history and fantasy, the textile prints serve as tactile and sensual proclamations, a celebration of feminine power. Within the peices she creates a personal language of symbols that draw from mythology, art history, western esotericism, religious iconography, girl culture, herbalism and plant folklore, all reimagined through personal narrative and a queer and femme lens.
Alejandro was born in Ecuador in a small city called Ambato, located at the Andes region, he studied Graphic Design in his hometown and traveled to Argentina to attend Art School in Buenos Aires. When he returned to Ecuador, he exhibited some of his paintings and installations in exhibitions across the country.
He traveled to the US and had solo and group exhibitions in Pittsburgh, and continued working in his oils for a while until he expanded his work to the digital field.
He is currently working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator and creating a new body of work, mainly digital paintings.
I think the body is like a vehicle, I like to think about how it defines our limits, and how we design our own identity. I think Identity is like a filter which makes the perception of an event unique for each person.
Perception is abstract before it becomes logical, logical thinking is shared by words, and abstract perception is transferred by images and other means of non-verbal communication, this form of communication is the one that gets my attention every time I make art.
Born in Guelatao de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico, Jorge Santiago is a documentary photographer currently based in Pittsburgh. His work has been exhibited in Mexico City, Los Angeles, Madrid, Havana and Bratislava. He has taught workshops in basic, pinhole and darkroom photography, as well as served as the darkroom manager for Mary Ellen Mark’s workshops in Oaxaca. A recipient of three fellowships from the Oaxaca State Fund for Culture and the Arts, and a Jóvenes Creadores fellowship from the Mexican National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Jorge’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Lens Blog, Viceland, PDN Photo of the Day, Cuartoscuro, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Jorge has traveled extensively in Mexico, the United States, and China, and is currently at work on a photo documentary about basketball in the indigenous villages of Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte in Mexico.
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Crystal Latimer was born in Hollywood, CA but grew up in Ellwood City, PA. In 2010, Crystal completed her BFA Slippery Rock University. She then went to receive an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively. After graduating, Crystal taught several courses at Penn State New Kensington and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney and has lectured at Slippery Rock University and Carlow University.
Crystal’s work has been shown extensively in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institution, The Mine Factory, George Washington University, and Union Hall among others. She has shown her work in Hong Kong, China, South Bank, London, as well as participated in a residency at the Joaquin Chaverri Fabrica de Carretas in Sarchi, Costa Rica. Crystal’s work has been featured in Create!, Pikchur, Local Arts PGH, Art Maze, Ruminate, and Fresh Paint Magazines. Her work is included in both public and private collections including those of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, the Benter Foundation, and Wyndham Tryp Hotel.
Crystal is currently a full-time painter represented by BoxHeart Gallery, a Studio Director at Radiant Hall Susquehanna, and serves on the Board of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and her work. In 2020, Crystal’s work will be exhibited at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, the London Art Fair with the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, and she will hold a solo show with BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh.
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I stood at a Wal-Mart in Escazú, Costa Rica, and felt like I was experiencing that moment in late autumn when you realize that all the fiery reds and oranges have faded and fallen to the ground. My life had been a staccato of visits to my mother’s native Costa Rica and, in that second, I realized that I was witnessing the dilution of a vibrant culture.
In order to understand modern-day westernization, I turned to the past and researched Christopher Columbus’s first point of contact in 1492. My only visual records of this time period were the grand historical paintings typically executed by European artists, whose bias and tendency for Western propaganda were evident in their collective artistic style. These narratives of conquest have been adopted and adapted to provide the visual structure of my paintings. Formally, the composition, line, shape, positive and negative space of my work.
Latin American ethnology, as seen through eyes of the local and the tourist, is embedded within this framework. Palette, traditional Talavera tile design, and tropical flora infuse Latino flavor into the paintings. In some pieces, Costa Rican carreta designs decorate the surface; a regionally significant tradition that I learned from the last costarricense artisans still practicing this dying folk art. Conversely, graffiti tags, gilding, and commercial wallpaper represent a Western captivation with Latin America. In my work, graffiti tags stand as metaphor for colonialism due to their parallel nature of creating new boundaries, raising status and position, and claiming territory as one’s own. Gold and silver gilding mediums pay homage to Spain’s initial occupation in the New World. Moreover, tropical, commercial wallpaper is representative of stereotypical Latino “exoticism” that is emphasized, and capitalized, by Western culture. Together, the fragmented, visual tapestries in my work are woven together to recreate historical narratives that better represent the hybrid Latino identity caused by colonization and upheld by westernization.
Utilizing the connotations of mixed-media, my work considers Latin America’s enduring role as “colony” to the West and the subsequent hybrid identity that has been adopted by the region. By reinterpreting important historical paintings, I am able to expand upon the propagandist concepts of the original works to include modern-day understanding of culture and history.
Priya Ahlawat is a Contemporary Impressionist born in India and based in
Pennsylvania, USA. She works in Oils and embraces impressionism to depict profound
moments of beauty often hidden within the particulars of daily life. Priya loves to paint ‘en
plein air’ and also uses her studies painted outdoors along with other references to design
and create paintings in her Studio. All her paintings are done ‘Alla Prima’, transitioning
from thin washes of color to buttery areas of generously applied paint, creating texture and
reinforcing the impact of overall design.
“I look to nature and my travels through USA, Europe and Asia for inspirations for my
paintings. Color, light, immediacy of brush strokes and the desire to evolve as an artist,
motivates me to paint. Art is a form of communication and I aspire to create paintings
that exhibit a fresh and spontaneous quality that provokes the viewer to interact with the
painting. My hope is that the viewer finds a glimpse of honesty and truth in my
I find my visual preference is for strong shapes, edges, and composition. Thus, collage seems a natural medium for me. Scissors are more congenial than brushes.
I currently work in paper collage, as a corollary of the photocollage I have been doing for several years. The collages utilize photographic textures and colors, as well as painted and found papers. Some images evoke landscape, others — conflict, industrial artifacts, or ancient civilizations.
In photography, I am often attracted to worn, beat-up, scarred surfaces, things that have had hard lives. Out of their usual contexts, they can take on new, mysterious identities. My camera also, occasionally, records incongruous human or object interactions that invite the viewer’s interpretation.
Photocollages may create dreamlike, ambiguous landscapes; they may also celebrate industrial shapes and structures or natural phenomena. Disparate elements are brought together to suggest totally new environments and relationships.
I am also interested in ‘catalogs’ or collections of images, combined into small thematic books. My aim in these is always to make the familiar strange; to focus on the unique characteristics — personalities? — of humble details we ignore or take for granted.
Lorrie Anne Minicozzi
I believe I was born with a pencil in my hand…
I grew up on the beachy shores of Long Island and attended both SUNY
Potsdam and SUNY Stony Brook where I barely studied art at all. I am
largely self-taught and thankfully exploring new ideas every day. I spent
many years in the majesty of Colorado where I enriched my skills, studied
the landscape, taught in my home studio and sponsored local seminars. I
have always been a vastly traditional realist and am motivated by the
brilliant works of Caravaggio, Durer and Rembrandt.
I prefer dramatic contrast and raw, emotional composition. I crave the
bold control and fine detail that using a graphite pencil provides and
portraits are my absolute passion. When I create, whatever the medium,
I not only try to convey a story by capturing that moment in time – I
strive to intimate what comes next.
I relocated to Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 2016 and work and teach in my
home studio. The lush verdant landscapes of North Park have captivated
me and I find myself sketching under a shady tree weekly. I am a proud
member of the Portrait Society of America, The Pittsburgh Society of
Artists, The Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and the Cranberry Artist