The Gallery 4 presents
“Gamine” New Works by Marlana Adele Vassar
"Gamine" opens Saturday, July 11th 2015 (Opening Reception will take place the following Saturday, July 11th) and runs through Saturday, June 25th 2015 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 15206 412-363-5050). The Opening Reception will take place Saturday, July 11th 2015 from 7pm - 11pm and will be opened to the general public with complimentary cocktails and refreshments provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .
The Gallery4 is pleased to welcome back Marlana Adele Vassar. Marlana Adele Vassar is a Pittsburgh-area artist and University of Pittsburgh alum (2006). Many of you will be familiar with Marlana’s works as this is her 3rd exhibition with The Gallery 4 (not to mention her contributions to our Annual Salon Show), as well as her involvement in myriad public projects and art events. A largely self-taught artist, Vassar's philosophy of balancing style and substance has attracted a diverse audience to her work. Using figures as the primary subjects, she weaves symbolism and surrealism throughout her art, creating images that are personal yet open to interpretation.
Vassar began her career as a graphic designer with the intention to move into game design, however a series of personal events turned her focus to the world of fine art. Since 2008, her work has been featured nationwide in museums, galleries and public projects. Known for her sumptuous style and attention to detail, Vassar has earned numerous accolades for her alluring imagery. Her most recent accomplishments include a fellowship award with the August Wilson Center, as well as a TALL grant award from Gateway to the Arts here in Pittsburgh. In January 2012, Vassar presented her works at The Gallery 4 with the exhibition “Debutante.” Her follow-up, “In Medias Res,” debuted at the gallery in November of 2013. Now, in 2015, The Gallery 4 is so excited to premiere Marlana’s latest works in “Gamine”
With “Gamine”, Vassar returns with her unique vision of the female character in modernity and their relationships within a streaming narrative.
Vassar on “Gamine” -
“Normally when developing a body of work, there's a story that ties each piece together. For “Gamine,” I decided to approach this as a design project with an open-ended storyline instead. My art is normally so layered and complex that it might be refreshing to step back and allow the designs and characters to speak for themselves. The inspiration for these paintings stems from symbolism, art nouveau, and colorful vintage patterns. The figures are meant to represent the many facets and moods of a modern woman.”
The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.