The Natural Being - Opening Reception  @ UnSmoke Systems, Braddock [8 July]

The Natural Being - Opening Reception


85
08
July
18:00 - 21:00

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UnSmoke Systems
1137 Braddock Ave, Braddock, Pennsylvania 15104
Admission to opening reception is free and open to the public on July 8, 6-9pm.

The Natural Being is a group exhibition featuring the works of Southwestern PA based, emerging artists: Aimee Heinnickel, Tony Havrilla and Brandon McDonald. Visceral mark-making joins precise realism for the extrapolation of the human experience and voyeuristic representation of the implications that our actions have on each other. Natural Being calls into question our reason for being and the systems we have put into place to cope with our existence and the effects they have on our identity. For further inquiries, please email [email protected]

About the Artists:
Tony Havrilla graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. in studio art with a focus in painting. In 2016 he was selected to participate in a “Master Class” instructed by Alex Kanevsky and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. His work has been shown regionally within the tristate area; having been juried into shows and publications by the likes of Andrew Salgado, Teresa Oaxaca, and Valerio D’ospina. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pa. Havrilla’s works illustrate the industrial and human constructed elements relation to wild animals in their natural habitats, attempting to understand the human condition and his own place within.

Brandon Mcdonald is an emerging artist from the Pittsburgh region. Using dry mediums, he works in the tradition of realism to discuss an array of contemporary subjects. Brandon is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Mcdonald believes that in today's society there has been a shift in our beliefs about the degree and manner to which we should be connected with each other by technological means. The pressure of having a presence on social media, checking in on work, or simply maintaining constant communication through texting and phone calls shows our dependence upon technological devices. His work is an examination of individuals seen through the perspective of the devices they use daily. Mcdonald believes that human beings did not evolve to simultaneously process such vast amounts of visual information. The over-stimulation inherent in screen time affects the human being’s cognitive awareness and ability to retain information. This daily overload is deleterious to face-to-face communication, personal space, and physical and mental health. To achieve the effect of the individual's reflection on the screen of their devices, white color pencil on black paper is used. Mcdonald’s work urges viewers to examine their own use of these devices and how their use is averting genuine engagement with other people and surrounding environments.

Aimee Heinnickel was raised in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, Heinnickel’s works are a visceral exploration of femininity. Graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she reveals personal female experience against media objectification and standardization of beauty strikethrough bold oil paint and collaged assemblages. Heinnickel’s work investigates the developing perception of the self, and definitions of womanhood in the 21st century. She explores her own ideas about femininity shaped through her developing identity. Examining imagery that relates to the impermeable nature of beauty, as well as, critiquing iconography that represents “timeless beauty.”

This installation will be on display through July 30.
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