Visual Arts: A Collision of the Second Self/Hidden In Plain Sight, 707&709 Penn Galleries

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

A COLLISION OF THE SECOND SELF & HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

FIGURATIVE PAINTINGS
BY JOSH MITCHEL

FEBRUARY 3-APRIL 9, 2017 | 707 & 709 PENN GALLERIES

OPENING RECEPTION | FEBRUARY 3 | 5:30-10:00PM

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces A Collision of the Second Self and Hidden In Plain Sight, tangential exhibits of figurative paintings by Josh Mitchel which will be on display in both 707 and 709 Penn Galleries February 3 through April 9, 2017. This is the first time that one artist will be showing in both galleries at the same time. An opening reception will be held February 3 from 5:30-10:00pm. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

“Through my work I explore various intrinsic psychological conflicts, stemming from my interest in Freud’s theoretical construct of Ego and Id. I am attracted to the contract between rational thoughts and irrational, impulse-driven behavior,” shares Mitchel, “my paintings are in part autobiographical, but my use of the figure is intended to be universal as I address a tension that is ubiquitous.”

Both A Collision of the Second Self, on display in 707 Penn Gallery, and Hidden In Plain Sight, on view in 709 Penn Gallery, explore the dichotomy of the interior and exterior persona or façade. Mitchel employs various strategies to depict the internal conflicts of his subjects, his formal artistic decisions working in service of his conceptual underpinnings. His paintings explore fracturing the figure and adding movement through a process of overlapping areas, visual stutters and overt surface history. Repetition is employed both as a formal strategy, and as a surrogate for internal conflict. Broken figures, multiple appendages, and obvious pentimenti add palpable agitation. Through distorted space, manipulating the human form, and figurative elements concealed in cloth, Mitchel achieves a disquieting tension that servers as a metaphor and as a symbol for empathy within the human condition. Mitchel’s emphasis on the human figure creates an enigmatic narrative, while maintaining a certain truth and plausibility about the human form.

Currently residing in Pittsburgh, Josh Mitchel obtained his BFA in Studio Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Ten years later he obtained his second BFA, this time in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego in San Diego, CA. He worked in spatial and interior design in California before returning to Pennsylvania to pursue his Master’s. He obtained his MFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Burke Award for best figurative work in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Mitchel’s work has appeared in art shows and exhibitions throughout Pennsylvania, winning the 2015 Juror’s Award in The 92nd Annual Juried Erie Spring Show and the 2015 Best In Show Award at the 41st Annual Juried Show Meadville Counsel on the Arts. Mitchel was also published twice in 2016, both on the cover of Local and in Fresh Paint Magazine. For more information on Josh Mitchel, please visit http://www.joshmitchel.com/.

707 Penn Gallery
A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 707 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 707 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

709 Penn Gallery
A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 709 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 709 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.trustarts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Visual Arts
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is unique in the arts industry for its commitment to providing high-quality, contemporary visual and public art along with a robust performing arts schedule. The Trust owns and operates eight galleries, offering arts exhibits that are free and open to the public. In addition, the Trust showcases the visual arts through its popular Gallery Crawls and festival programming as well as through its outdoor parks that feature award-winning public art.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org

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