Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes: by Mike Bartek

The Gallery 4 is proud to present Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes: by Mike Bartek

Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes opens Saturday, August 4th - August 25th, 2012 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will  take place Saturday, August 4th 2012 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .

Michael on Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes:

"Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes" is a show I've devoted to compiling and regurgitating quotes,cliches, words of wisdom, hardships, my own thoughts, and ramblings in a cohesive and comprehensive manner. I have tried to execute them in a way as to reflect what is being said. The imagery amongst the pieces are relevant in that they might be an image I've seen repeatedly since I was young. Mainly graphic and overall pretty two dimensional these images found their way into my life by me growing up skateboarding, riding bikes, music, and being in and out of tattoo shops since long before I was old enough to get one. Another reason why I paint ago od bit of 2d and bold graphic imagery is because it lends itself to, or goes hand in hand with the signage and commercial art I spend most of my time doing and appreciating. Many of the quotes come from old outlaw country songs telling stories of an America we know little about, a few are from music i grew up listening to,famous american writers, and even the Big Book itself. All are Americana that I feel is being lost in the fast paced, disposable lifestyle and society we have built for ourselves. There are also a number of paintings that contain no words. Some of these pieces I've categorized as textural studies and have a description as to the motives behind them. Lastly there are a few pieces that have no words and are not part of the textural studies.hese I felt stood well on their own and like the textural ones, the rants and or rambles might be found in the title of the work. Enjoy, and God Bless America!"


Select Images from Rants, Rambles, Cries & Quotes:

Drama Gets Thick Eye Can't Git No The Devil Made Me Do It The First Time, The Second Time I Done It On My Own
Eye Ain't The 1 Gold Dust Woman Killing Yourself Ta Live
Mystic Warriors Years In The Making, Stop Learning, Stop Living... Nothing is Permanent

Son of Evil, The God of Fire & Hell, Bring On The Angels & Trumpets

Beneath The Rose See The Lion?
Living The Dream Put Your Shades On, Glass & Jelly #1 Beautiful Decay
Rotted, Pitted Face of Our Once Beautiful Mother Earth, Look What We've Done To Her. The Way U See Me Gone Before Too Long
  Put Your Shades On, Glass & Jelly #2