The Gallery 4 presents
"Busy Signal" New Works from SOVIET & CURVE
“BUSY SIGNAL” New Works from SOVIET & CURVE opens Saturday, March 5th 2016 and runs through Saturday, April 2nd 2016 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, March 5th 2016 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary cocktails and refreshments provided by The Gallery 4. The Exhibition continues through April 2nd, 2016. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .
The Gallery 4 is pleased to welcome SOVIET & CURVE!
SOVIET is a professional graphic artist, painter & sign writer from Pittsburgh, PA. SOVIET’s illustrious career began by leaving art school to pursue painting graffiti full time. By leaving his name in all the right places & all the right styles he caught the attention of all the right people, including the authority (who themselves, are just alright, according to SOVIET) SOVIET strives for his work to contain a familiar uniqueness, humor and a refined stylistic quality. SOVIET has worked with major corporations and exhibited paintings around the world.
“When you find yourself disconnected, you gotta hang up and try again,” says SOVIET on his latest series of dream-like greyscale paintings are a hazy assemblage of visions mirroring a myriad of mystery and misbehavior. The paintings are a depression-era noir novel, a religious sci-fi cult, and a cartoon wet dream put in a psychedelic blender and carefully spun to a pulpy shake.
CURVE grew up painting graffiti primarily in New Haven and Philadelphia, where he was raised. The hand painted signs, community murals and mysterious unsanctioned art, ever present in these cities, have always informed the direction of his work. His work on walls and on canvas convey the intersection of human interaction and the built and natural environment. Drawing from experiential awareness, the colors and humorous spirit of Curve’s work translate the eccentricities of the environments in which we live.
CURVE’s urban landscapes combine images and abstractions from memories, dreams, and observations. Many of the works feature an imagined mural serving as backdrop to the lives of various people. The accompanying figures are sometimes walking, evoking a sense of loneliness. The color palette is nostalgic and the work indicates a fascination with primitive art and folk art traditions.
SOVIET, artist statement-
“When I make art, I put the brush in paint and then smear it on the canvas until it looks like something.”
CURVE, artist statement-
“The initial mark a person makes on a surface is the most honest and natural one. I’m very inspired by children’s artwork. I aim to recreate scenes where elements of ordinary life blend together to form an overall harmonious design.”
The Gallery 4 is pleased to host this dynamic duo in an exhibition showcasing their contrasting styles.
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.