Opening Reception: 2017 Solo & Collaborative Exhibitions

2017 Solo & Collaborative Exhibitons

Event Times

Fri, Mar 31

Friday, March 31, 2017

An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5:30-9pm to honor nine exhibits at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Galleries.

Featuring a range of practices in painting, sculpture, installation and new media, the 2017 Solo & Collaborative exhibits include work by Nikki Brugnoli, Isabel Farnsworth & Shannon Hines, Jiyong Hong, Magic Organs: DS Kinsel & Julie Mallis, Misty Morrison, Nicole Renee Ryan, Jonathan Schwarz & Angela Biederman, Devan Shimoyama & Danny Ferrell and Lauren Wilcox. Curated by Laura Domencic and Jessica Brown, these exhibits explore the boundaries of real and imagined landscapes, memory and forgetting, the collaborative process and personal identity.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5:30-9:00. The shows are on view through July 23, 2017. General Admission to the opening reception is $10. 

The exhibits were selected from the annual solo/collaborative open call for artists:


Exhibition Credit (from left to right):

He’s American, Devan Shimoyama and Danny Ferrell

These works examine fantasies and fears about the Other through depictions of everyday queer black and white male experiences. The paintings and sculptures contend with wobbliness of contemporary American life and shows quotidian scenes that reveal intimacies too often overlooked for gay males. Landscape unifies much of the work, as nature is a multilayered space: the topography, morphology and geology is a space where humans can project personal and quotidian drama. Consequently, this exhibition asks viewers to ponder: who deserves the American dream? Through glitzy materials and shiny surfaces, beauty becomes the parallel to the messiness of being male, but also being human.


Horizon Lost, Nikki Brugnoli

Brugnoli grew up in the semi-rural, post-industrial fringe of Pittsburgh. In 2014, when the deepest roots of her life began to lift from the soil of this earth, she revisited the coke ovens and slate dumps in that depressed, yet pungent landscape for the first time in 20 years. These drawings and prints grow from the shape and reference of these sites intends to give form to the quiet, yet blaring mystery of youth and the uncertainty of the tumultuous present and undetermined future. It is a tremendous collision of possibilities and impossibilities. The blurry density of saturated darkness and the eruption of light embedded into the silky skin of Mylar speak to the opposites that exist in us all.


The Place and the Un-Place: Memories of Memories, Nicole Renee Ryan

A series of imagined landscapes, these emotionally charged but ambiguous paintings of places are based on Ryan’s memories.  As they get further and further removed from reality, parts of the landscapes shift and become their own active subject, playing, moving and breaking away.

Memory is a tough place. You were there. If this is not the truth, it is also not a lie. – Citizen: An American Lyric


Cave, Lauren Wilcox

This exhibit explores two new bodies of work focused on the cumulative effect of passing impressions. The first body of work is a series of crystallized images selected from the artist’s image archive. The archive is a collection of found photographs and hyper feminine imagery that highlights the obsessive pre-determinism of femininity.

The second body of work features largely obliterated images skimmed over acetate. These ghostly images mimic the erasure of individual identity and rewriting of personal history that can occur in the process of creating the hardened perception of gender, self or other.


Oblivion, Misty Morrison

The paintings which comprise “Oblivion” grew out of a previous form, entitled “If You See Something...” They were then, and are still now, a meditation on witnessed experience, interpersonal relationships (specifically on how they form us individually as well as collectively), and the burden of responsibility we (again, individually and collectively) share when we observe violence, maltreatment, or neglect. They are, additionally, a visual manifestation of an abusive relationship where the abuse wasn’t seen-- as well as an attempt to relate to the experience of abuse, thereby forming my own subjective understanding of it.

It was a group of works that I knew I would return to after the space of time had grown between the experience, the creation of the work, and the present. “Oblivion” is the form of that return-- a moment to consider what remains after time has begun its own process of curation-- where what is forgotten and what is remembered are of near equal significance to what is experienced in the present.


Grid, Pall-Mall & Stepping-StonesJiyong Hong

Presenting works that map the City of Pittsburgh though her experience as a new comer, this exhibit comparing geographical and memory maps of her walks in her new hometown. Through her abstracted expression of Pittsburgh’s “placeness,” a shared sense of the city emerges. The show will include installation piece as well as paintings and sculptures based on elements she found in the City of Pittsburgh.


Reveries: Sculpture by Isabel Farnsworth and Shannon Hines

In this sculpture exhibition exploring memory and place, these artists share ideas about what is inside/outside, interior/exterior, above/below physically and metaphorically. Farnsworth’s work inhabits a space between abstraction and representation; utilizing an eclectic mix of materials. These works are meditations on water as a metaphor that speaks about life’s journey, and how its shape shifting nature fills voids and exceed boundaries yet is calming, restorative, and powerful. Hines’ work is more minimal in form and materials, working with primarily fabric, light, color, and texture. In this installation, she symbolically explores childhood memories and notions of comfort.


MO Studios, Magic Organs: DS Kinsel and Julie Mallis

This site-specific installation provides an in-depth look at the diverse studio practice of Magic Organs, a collaborative founded by Julie Mallis and D.S. Kinsel. They will transform a gallery into an immersive studio environment that simulates their production studio at BOOM Concepts along the Penn Ave. Arts Corridor in Pittsburgh. Each of the artists will present new physical works and a video/performative piece, creating re­-appropriations of each other's work, as well as works in progress. MO Studios will also include working artist hours, guided micro studio performances, and video projection of auxiliary content that has been produced in the space.


Interdependent, Jonathan Schwarz and Angela Biederman

A collaborative exhibition of ceramic and mixed media sculptures, these works address dual yet interdependent concepts such as stability, fragility, structure, deterioration, isolation and interconnectedness. They also explore notions of precarious yet sustained balance, the effects of interaction and contact, tension, fusion and slow transformation.  Inspired by human relationships and the natural world, works also resemble how independent entities rely on, affect, balance, uphold, and define one another through figurative, organic and industrial elements.




The Marshall Galleries are located in the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts at 6300 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232 Hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00pm; closed Monday