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."
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.