|Jerome in Cottonwood by Steve Emmett (1995)|
|Ryan Emmett, Curator of Internal Reflections and son of Steve Emmett|
"I don't like the idea of memorializing," Ryan says. He wanted to showcase Steve's work in a more realistic and cognitive sort of way. This stems from an observation Ryan and his mother came to while going through Steve's paintings: that his work consistently featured solitary male figures. The reason for this is unknown, and though Ryan has his theories, he prefers to leave it open ended for the viewer.
At first glance, Steve Emmett's work is colorful, somewhat humerous, and humanistic. But then when observed at a closer perspective, you will find all sorts of mysteries. "He would leave a painting alone for a month then say 'I don't like it' and completely paint over it - so there's like these ghost-like figures [in the background] from past paintings," says Ryan. Steve would say "It's only paintings, nobody died on the operating table."
|Roam by Steve Emmett (1991)|
MORE ART SHOWS COMING UP:
Andy Warhol's Superstars were an elite clique of personalities that gained notoriety and fame through thier association with the infamous artist. They were heavily featured in Warhol's early works and lived their lives immersed in the NYC art scene. The staff at the Andy Warhol Museum are similarly immersed in the Pittsburgh art community. They are a (less than) elite clique of personalities that have 2 things in common: they have worked as caretakers of Warhol's art by day and as fine artists by night. The show opens (also tomorrow) Friday January 13th at 6pm at Wildcard on Butler St.
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Local Artist Danny Devine hosts his first solo show since 2008, Heaven With The Lid Off. The show will feature drawings, paintings, and photos depicting the artist's favorite aspects of Pittsburgh and pays homage to what was once Industrial Pittsburgh. It will open on Saturday, January 21 at Blasfome Store in the Southside.