Friday, December 01, 2006

December Unblurred.

Unblurred comes early this December, as today is the 1st of the month. Brave the rapid changes in the weather, and get your butt up to the Penn Avenue corridor tonight. There will be wine and beer and good company to warm you. If you miss it, you know that you are not going to see any of this month's work from the growing list of galleries that make their homes along Penn.

This time around you can start your night at 7PM at the Meg Graham show at Modern Formations. Graham won the gallery's annual Spring Salon Juried Show this year, and earned this oportiunity to show her work. Come out and see the artist that edged out one of my favorites (Katherine Young). Make sure to stop in a few doors down to see John Mahood's black-and-white photography at Image Box. John's the owner, and a very gracious host indeed. (EDIT: John's got black-and-white photography of architectural details... not naked hipsters. Sorry!). If that sounds like your type of thing, then don't miss it.

Are there any wannabe urban planners out there? For something a bit different this month, stop by 4925 Penn Avenue for "Pen on Penn". This is your opportunity to provide your input on the Penn Avenue Corridor Master Plan. They promise to let you mark the maps, designating what you want to keep and what you'd like to see changed. Who says you have no voice?

On the far end, at 5151, Fabrizio Gerbino has an exhibition of old and new work. Gerbino, who is from Florence, Italy, demonstrates virtuoso representational skills in formidable paintings featuring some of the best use of light you are ever likely to see. I had an opportunity to see some of his work at the Digging Pitt last year around this time, and was impressed by his professionalism and dedication to craft. In an environment that values irony to a fault, Gerbino's work is a breath of fresh air. He even promises an example of sculptural work at this opening, so you won't want to miss it.

No matter what you do, make sure you stop at the Clay Penn for new work by Bob Ziller. Ziller has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh arts scene for as long as I've been aware of it. His Lascaux Gallery in the Southside was a watershed for artists in that neighborhood, and his curating efforts at the Beehive coffeehouse have given (and continue to give) many their first public exposure. His work (whether paintings, mixed media or scupture) combines playful originality, a deft political touch, irreverence, and a healthy sense of humor. This show should be a real treat.

Note: There are two shows in the Strip District tonight that might be worth seeing as well. The Society for Contemporary Craft has a three-person show (Arthur Hash, John Eric Riis, and Patti Warashina) from 5:30-8:00 pm. A venue I've never visited- New Perspective (2949 Smallman)- has a five-person show (Brewster, Gersch, Guevara, Lorenz, Schmiedlin) opening tonight between 5:30 and 10:30 pm, and CLOSING tomorrow from noon-5:00 pm. They are promising music, food, AND drinks.

If you still have energy after seeing the galleries, go down to Club Cafe and catch Darryl Fleming and Public Domain. They are having their cd release, at 10PM. Good, intelligent, jazz and alt-country- inflected, folk music. Listen closely, and you may learn something.


Anonymous rob p said...

Whimp, you didn't make it to daryl's show. Good stuff again. A very full and rich sound as well as some more original lyrics. Maybe when the semester is done I'll see ya around.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Feh... I had every intention. Some day I'll make it. Maybe I'll see ya during Xmas break?

8:26 PM  

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