Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Sometimes I Just Don't Know How to be in the World" Opens July 7 at Landmark Buiklding

Exhibit of Work by John Pena Opens July 7 at the Landmark Building

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce Sometimes I Just Don’t Know How To Be In The World, works by John Peña, will be on display July 7 through August 31, 2017 at the Lantern Building, 600 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The exhibit will open with the quarterly Gallery Crawl and an opening reception will be held July 7 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. An artist talk will be held August 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Sometimes I Just Don’t Know How To Be In The World consists of a series of three-dimensional word balloons that will be suspended off the ground with two-by-fours. The audience will be encouraged to physically navigate the space of the gallery in order to investigate the individual sentiments written on each object, completing the special narrative. “I want to continue exploring how the act of speech has the capacity to carry a significant intellectual and emotional weight,” shares Peña of the exhibit.

In addition to the word balloons, Peña will exhibit selected drawings from an on-going project titled Daily Geology. This project consists of a collection of daily compositions that Peña has drawn over the past seven years, recording a memorable moment from his day. “I am interested in slow and gradual actions that over a sufficient period of time begin to carve out and shape forms that are monumental and powerful. In effect, I am creating an art practice that mimics geological processes like drift and erosion. With “Daily Geology,” no given entry carries that much important. It is only when they are put together that they gain a momentum to illuminate a larger story, one that hopefully evokes an appreciation for the ordinary and daily experiences of my life,” Peña states of the process.

About John Peña

John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and educator from the desert of Washington state. He makes art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. A few of John’s projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last twelve years, making daily drawings about his life and constructing large-scale plaster word balloons that are precariously balanced on two by fours. John has attended a number of residences including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art & Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.

For more information about John Peña, please visit www.johnpena.net and follow him on Instagram @johnpenastudio.

Lantern Building
Donated by PNC, the Lantern Building, located at 600 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 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.

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