Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Body in the Landscape of the Mind" at the Penn Gallery Starting July 7

"12 Tower Detail" Artist: Angela Biederman

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Body in the Landscape of the Mind, work by Angela Biederman, will be on view Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 27, 2017 at 707 Penn Gallery, located at 707 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The opening of this exhibit will coincide with the quarterly Gallery Crawl, and an opening reception will be held on Friday, July 7 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. A talk with the artist will also be held on July 28 at 6:00 p.m.

The works in Body in the Landscape of the Mind resulted from two objectives bound by one cohesive goal.  Biederman’s first objective was to make ceramic sculptures that referenced the body by abstracting and merging components such as appendages, organs and bones.  Her second objective was to turn the mind and its thoughts into tangible art objects that resembled a landscape in which these body forms existed.

“Thoughts about the body resided in my mind, which came to be their environment, and resulted in depicting the body in the landscape of the mind. In perceiving the mind like a landscape, the natural world guided these manifestations, because growth, decay and regeneration are inherent qualities of both. Some forms, colors, and textures mimic those found in nature, and some materials were repurposed from my environment, appropriated, altered, and renewed, just as our thoughts often are or can be,” Biederman explains. “Together, these objects became a hybridization of personal and natural landscapes, and depict the internal and external self.”

Regarding further influences of work, Biederman also shares, "when I traverse the landscape, I am engaged in my environment, and simultaneously have the freedom to let musings enter, remain and develop in my mind. The features in the landscape correlate to these encounters and abandonments, and the unpredictable discoveries found in both nature and thought arouse curiosity, astonishment and a sense of calm in me.  It is this same experience that I undergo when making art, and attempt to ultimately uphold in final form.”

About Angela Biederman

Angela Biederman is a sculptural artist whose primary medium is clay. The natural world has always been the principle influence of her work, and it is often used to also recognize personal and human endeavors such as growth, relationships, and existence.

\Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010. She maintained a small, personal studio in Milwaukee for over four years before beginning her graduate studied in the ceramics department at Kent State University in the fall of 2014. Before earning her MFA in May of 2016, she taught ceramics at Kent State, and was the Curatorial Assistant in the School of Art Galleries.

She has exhibited nationally at NCECA’s Providence and Philadelphia conferences, locally where she resides in Pittsburgh, and regionally in Kent, Cleveland, Columbus, Milwaukee, and the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
For more information, please visit www.angelabiederman.com.

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