Thursday, December 20, 2012

"the sepia show"

I don't really "get" modern art.  But for those who "get" it, and love the tints of old-timey sepia photos mixed with artwork about historical 19th century figures, you might want to check out the works of Anthony Purcell at The Sepia Show, now showing at The Gallery 4 in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood.

And who's face is on the fliers advertising this show?  Andrew Carnegie, of course!

image source: Anthony Purcell's Work
According to The Gallery 4:
'The Sepia Show' presents a culmination of an enduring artistic exploits into an industrial yesteryear. This series of portraits endeavors in the glamour of old, informed by the appearance of aged photography prints. The subjects of the paintings, whether infamous or anonymous in their time, are portrayed amidst a suspension of surreal, absurd, and realistic elements whilst symbolic motifs recur throughout series. As per Victorian decree that one 'leave no space unfilled,' the crisply detailed wallpaper patterns which adorn each painted room, embody the lauded virtue of a life which is busied, yet orderly. In ornate and formal couture, these figures pose for their moment of preservation, staring eternally through yellowing years to a mechanized modernity.
So check out 19th century figures such as Nikola Tesla and Henry Clay Frick in a new way:
image source: Anthony Purcell's Work

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