The Gallery 4 presents
"100 Flowers Bloomed" New & Old Works by Brian Gonnella

"100 Flowers Bloomed" opens Saturday, May 2nd 2015 and runs through Saturday, May 30th 2015 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050).The opening reception will take place Saturday, May 2nd 2015 from 7-11 PM 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- 8 PM .

The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome Brian Gonnella. Brian Gonnella is a conceptual artist and freelance illustrator living in Pittsburgh PA. He earned a BA in English writing and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Brian has been working professionally as an artist for 7 years, and has exhibited work nationally at gallery and museum level. Gonnella currently serves as art curator at Remedy Lounge in Lawrenceville.

Informed by his past life as a punk vandal, Gonnella developed a technique using strictly aerosol spray paint and acrylic paint pens and a tedious stenciling & layering process that is technically somewhere between stencil graffiti, street art, and traditional Japanese woodcuts. The content of the paintings are typically allegorical stories, set within a self-contained, linearly-progressing fictional universe; inspired by his own personal views on politics, culture, sociology, mythology, and various futurist theories regarding the direction of human society; as well as a healthy dose of science fiction and comic books.

Gonnella’s latest installment to his ongoing narrative, dubbed “The Southern Era”, introduces a world set 2,000 years after the Apocalypse. A world in which the struggles of the historically oppressed regions and peoples have finally bore fruit, and all of human civilization has been rebuilt and reorganized around a now-dominant Global South—with the legacy of the past lingering like a distant shadow among the vivid wastelands of the world it destroyed. Through a series of colorful landscapes and casual tableaus depicting everyday life in this extraordinary universe, Gonnella seeks to immerse the viewer within the vibrant habitations and imaginative spaces of a brand new world - recalling the realism of pre-modern art movements interested in creating vignettes that conveyed information, narrative and history—even if it’s a completely fictional one.

Gonnella on “100 Flowers Bloomed” -

“By juxtaposing the serenity of solidarity, community, labor and progress consistently depicted in socialist art throughout the 20th century against the bleak ecological future assured to us by late-capitalism; the work will strive to ‘serve the people’ by representing the virtues of what Marcuse identified as ‘the ascending classes’ overcoming the abject conditions of a ruined world."

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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.


"The Triple Port of Al-Orangiers" By Brian Gonnella

"Always Toward Victory!" By Brian Gonnell

"The Lighthouse of the Byzantine" By Brian Gonnella

"Plasticrystal Fields on the Road to the Calgary Imperium" By Brian Gonnella

"To Reap a Return in 10 Years, Plant Trees. To Reap a Return in 100, Cultivate the People." By Brian Gonnella

"Jingshi Imperium" By Brian Gonnella

"The Port Tower of NeoKarachi" By Brian Gonnella

"Man’s Consciousness Not Only Reflects the Objective World, but Creates It." By Brian Gonnella

"Omuzi Entanta" By Brian Gonnella

"Once All Struggle is Grasped, Miracles are Possible" By Brian Gonnella

"Puerto del Cielo, Republic of Cordoba" By Brian Gonnella"

"The Topaz City, Rio Video" By Brian Gonnella

"The Floating Gardens of Shang" By Brian Gonnella

"The Western Imperium" By Brian Gonnella

"What Matters is Not to Know the World, But to Change It." By Brian Gonnella

   

"The Workers of the World Have Nothing to Lose but Their Chains" By Brian Gonnella