Exhibitions

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September 3 - October 4, 2019
Salvador Di Quinzio : Saltimbanques et comedien
(main gallery)
Public Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5-8 pm

From September 3rd through October 4th, 2019, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Salvador Di Quinzio: Saltimbanques et comédien, a collection of paintings depicting satire using situational humor, sarcasm, and comedy. Di Quinzio infuses his interest in human figures and the use of symbolic structures to create a painted pictorial bridge that is imbued in his subconscious world and the physical environment that surrounds him. The evolution of his artwork integrates a constant search for portrayals of a perceived inward reality that conjures up a wide mosaic of ostensible visual subjects. Eclectic emblems and primordial landscapes are in essence the amalgam of the seen and the unseen that marry into a surrealistic composition, which in turn provokes the viewers' interest and curiosity, thus establishing an intimate relationship between the viewer and the work.

Since ancient times, men have strived to entertain the public. Traces of these dedicated and skilled people date back to Knossos where a fresco in a cave depicts an acrobat jumping over a bull. Histrions, trouvères, joglars are among the earliest names for these traveling social, performance artists – acrobats, jugglers, musicians, knife throwers, tarot card readers – unclassifiable, unrelated people spreading news and amassing the population around them. Eventually, the world of traveling artists splits in two; those specialized in written culture and those in an oral culture. The division established the mountebank who, growing more numerous, placed themselves at the entrance of the theaters and attracted the audience by pleasing a diversity of tastes. Saltimbanques et comédien, a circus is born.

Like the saltimbanques, Di Quinzio is a generator of ordered disorder. He creates his own narratives with both a resemblance to the real world and with disruptions to our preconceived ideas. Painting in his mind first, Di Quinzio records his observations of the outside world before he interprets them into his own contemporary narrative. His resulting paintings are best described as “Magical (Sur)realism” symbolically rich pictorial narratives caught somewhere between our subconscious worlds and our shared physical environments. 

Self-taught artist Salvador Di Quinzio was born in Maracay Venezuela. The only boy in a household of Venezuelan – Italian women, Di Quinzio occupied his time by creating his own vibrant, handmade toys and entertaining family and friends. As an engineer with a successful corporate career, he has lived and worked in six different countries in Europe and South America. He tried his hand at painting while looking for a new way to express his creativity. Since then, he has exhibited his artwork regularly in Philadelphia, New York, and the Netherlands. Notably, he was the recipient of the Maybelle Longstreet Prize awarded by juror Stephen Talasnik through exhibition at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia and a featured artist in Immanence: The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folktale where his painting “Leda and Her Seahorse” was selected for the cover of Vol. 2 No. 2 Spring/Summer 2018. His paintings are held in private collections in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Venezuela.

Public Reception
Salvador Di Quinzio: Saltimbanques et comedien will be on exhibit from September 3rd through October 4th in BoxHeart’s main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our upstairs gallery exhibit Hiromi Katayama: Currents of Color. The public reception will be held Saturday, September 7th, from 5 - 8 pm.

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September 3 - October 4, 2019
Hiromi Katayama : Currents of Color
(upstairs gallery)
Public Reception: Saturday, September 7th, 5-8 pm

From September 3rd through October 4th, 2019, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Hiromi Katayama: Currents of Color in the 2nd-floor gallery. Hiromi Katayama will never forget the moment when she found a single, small cherry blossom tree outside her studio during her first year of study in the United States. She has never missed Japan as much as she did at that moment. The experience triggered an intense memory of home, which invoked very strong emotions. Katayama now uses the cherry blossom tree in her artwork as both a symbol of where she comes from, as well as an iconic symbol of Japanese culture. Since Japan's natural disaster, Katayama has yearned for the resiliency so often seen in nature. Her paintings represent a wish to exist with nature and culture in a harmonious relationship - not only as the person she is but also as the person she will become.

Katayama's paintings are created in the Japanese traditional painting technique, Nihonga. She imports most of her painting materials, such as Japanese traditional pigments and animal-based collagen glue. The technique of mixing natural mineral pigments (“tennen iwa-enogu”) with animal glue, which is central to the tradition, has remained unchanged. “Tennen iwa-enogu” are pigments derived from natural ingredients: minerals, shells, corals and even semi-precious stones like malachite, azurite and cinnabar. The raw materials are powdered into about 16 gradations from fine to sandy grain textures. A hide glue solution, called “nikawa,” is used as a binder for these powdered pigments. Most of her artwork is painted on wooden panels or paper, which she has used to begin creating Japanese style screens. This method allows the imagery to build a connection for the viewer to her culture and background. The screens serve as a cultural barrier, which is always present, yet not always noticeable, in our everyday life.

Katayama, a native of Ibarki Japan, currently works from her private studio in Houston Pennsylvania. Her love for art began in the studio of her mentor, Renjoin Sensei, from the age of nine years old. Before she came to the United States, Katayama received her BFA in Japanese Traditional Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo Japan, in 2008. That summer, Katayama traveled to Pennsylvania where she studied for her MFA in the painting program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in May 2012. At the close of her graduate studies, Katayama continued building her portfolio, gained international representation, and taught in both academic and community-based settings around the country. At the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach Florida, Katayama expanded the 2D art program. In Washington PA, Katayama brought a global perspective to Junior-Senior High Schools through the RAC grant program. Recently, Katayama joined the art department at Wheeling Jesuit University where she will teach drawing and painting classes to students from all academic disciplines.

Reception with the Artist
Hiromi Katayama: Currents of Color will be on exhibit from September 3rd through October 4th in BoxHeart’s upstairs gallery. The exhibition coincides with our main gallery exhibit Salvador Di Quinzio: Saltimbanques et comedienThe reception with the artist will be held Saturday, September 7th, from 5 - 8 pm.