From June 8th through July 9th, 2022, BoxHeart presents Andrew Ooi: Without Interrupting the System.

From large sheets, Andrew Ooi cuts hundreds to thousands of strips to form the artworks inspired by Japanese joinery and origami. He individually creases, unfolds, paints, and re-folds each piece of paper by hand before assembly. Using acrylics and inks, Ooi combines colour, pattern, and shape with circles, squares, and triangles to create an order as natural, primitive, and in line with, ages and civilizations well before him. Geometries rooted in nature, but meant to be exploratory and story-telling; with intentional asymmetries and inconsistencies respecting life’s mystery. And what better to answer the question of life’s mystery but time? The time for precious papers nearing extinction to be made? For matter to be considered from all angles? Welcome accidents, new information, innovation, meditation to transpire? Time is the greatest service someone can do for another; one Ooi hopes he imparts with his art.



FACTORY 500 EXCURSION: Back to Bloomfield


Price: FREE for Factory 500 and Patron Level Members. Not a Member? JOIN NOW!

Date: Saturday, July 9 

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM 

Location: Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield Neighborhood 

COVID-19 Protocol: Masks optional. Currently, neither establishment requires proof of vaccination or masks. 

The last Factory 500 Excursion before COVID was a fun-filled day of exploration around Bloomfield. This year, we're headed back to Bloomfield to see just how much Pittsburgh's Little Italy has to offer. Join fellow Factory 500 and Patron members for a behind-the-scenes visit with two major Bloomfield destinations: BoxHeart Gallery and Trace Brewing.

Event Summary

A creative collaboration between Nicole Capozzi and Joshua Hogan, BoxHeart Gallery settled in its Bloomfield home in June, 2001 in John Mowder’s former Bloomfield ArtWorks space. Much like the Mattress Factory, Nicole and Joshua of BoxHeart Gallery work directly with living artists creating right now, sharing a deep dedication to the artists they represent and maintaining a robust program of exhibitions each year. Event attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Nicole and Joshua about the history of BoxHeart Gallery, Andrew Ooi’s main gallery exhibition, Without Interrupting the System, as well as Joshua’s personal artistic practice. Attendees will then get an exclusive opportunity to explore Nicole and Joshua’s mixed-use space above the main gallery, where the boundaries between public art gallery, home and personal artistic studio are delightfully blurred.

The next stop will be a short three-minute walk down the block to Trace Brewing for more learning, food, and mingling. First opened in March 2021 for carry-out sales in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trace Brewing has made a remarkable journey from its quiet opening day to become a destination for Pittsburgh craft beer and events space in just over one year of operation. Event attendees will hear from founder David Kushner about the history of the historic brass and bronze foundry-turned brewery, its one-of-a-kind Vocational Program, and its unique free graffiti wall, open to any and all street artists at any and all hours of the day. The visit will also include a tour of the brewhouse and an overview of the brewing process. Finally, members will enjoy finger foods and mingling in Trace’s one-of-a-kind Coolship Room and Beer Garden.

Drinks will be available for purchase, including Trace’s in-house brewed beers and a robust selection of locally-brewed cocktails, ciders, wines and soft drinks. Click here to view the current taproom menu (subject to change).

The schedule of events is listed below. 

Tickets are limited, so click here or email [email protected] ASAP to register. 

Nearby metered parking lot located at 203 Cedarville St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224.



BoxHeart Visitor Information

Admission: Free and open to the public. The 1st floor (main gallery) of BoxHeart Gallery may be accessed using a ramp. The 2nd floor (gallery space) is handicap accessible by stair chair.

Gallery Hours: Sun, 1-5 pm; Wed – Thurs, 10-6 pm; Fri, noon – 4 pm; Sat, noon – 6 pm.

BoxHeart Gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For general information call 412.687.8858



BoxHeart maintains a robust program of exhibitions which are currently scheduled through 2023. We hope you'll join us for the wonderful array of exhibitions we have coming up!