The Gallery 4 presents
"Chainsaw Show"

"Chainsaw Show" opens Saturday, July 5th, 2014 and runs through Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at The Gallery 4 (206 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside, 412-363-5050). The opening reception will take place Saturday, July 12th, 2014 from 7-11PM and will be opened to the general public with complimentary refreshments and cocktails provided by The Gallery 4. The Gallery 4 is open Tuesday through Saturday 1- 8PM .

The Gallery 4 is very proud to welcome back Anthony Purcell. After the successes of "Magical Animals"(2010), "Wunderball"(2011), and "The Sepia Show"(2012); This exhibition marks Purcell's 4th entry into The Gallery 4. With a multitude of beautiful public and private signage and mural projects underway (including his continuing work with the community of Braddock), Purcell remains persistent in his professional life as a hands on designer. The ongoing spirit to restyle and labor to new projects is very well reflected in Purcell's artistic endeavors as well: Each of the shows that Anthony has presented to The Gallery 4 have been vastly unlike one another - in theme, style, color, and content. A true pioneer in all he creates, Purcell's latest offering may be the most unexpected turn yet!

With "Chainsaw Show", Anthony introduces a series of vintage chainsaw "portraits" on cut panels of wood. The paintings are delicate in their detail, depicting all the rust, scratches, chipped paint, and dulled teeth the neglected sawyer's tools have collected over time. The chainsaws look as real as if you dusted them off (a little) and pulled them from an old shed behind the cabin. And there's something deliciously postmodern about Purcell's studies of the decayed felling tools: A likeness of a an inoperative power tool used to cut wood, painted on a rough cut piece of dead wood which was cut by a power tool. The old ripsaw is no longer unwieldy or frightening or pragmatic, it transcends - it is now muted, austere; it's mechanical architectures and details of antiquity now available for contemplation. Once again, Purcell outstrips are expectations and this time imparts an elegant character to a very stark motif.

 

Purcell's painting process for "Chainsaw Show" :

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The Gallery 4 is committed to redefining the nature of a conventional gallery. We feature works from a variety of national artists and local talent. We also carry a variety of limited edition toys and clothing. Fine art should be within the reach of everyone, and at The Gallery 4 we are making this a reality.