Opening Reception: SEPT 22 7PM-10PM
"That Episode of
Futurama Where The Professor
Creates the Universe
In a Box.
is the latest exhibit by Pittsburgh based artist Brian Gonnella, exploring the crisis of aesthetics and culture created by Late Capitalism's constant appeal to Nostalgia. The installation title is a nonsensical allusion to pop culture, void of any real contextual relation to the substance of piece itself--a condition more and more prevalent in contemporary art scenes. Utilizing a multi-media polyptych, Gonnella seeks to convey the end result of artistic history in these "closed loops" found within our society manifested by our refusal to abandon a figurative, often erroneously idealized, view of the Past."
Brian Gonnella is a conceptual artist & illustrator from Pittsburgh PA. He earned a BA in English writing and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh but has been working professionally as an artist for almost a decade, and has exhibited work nationally at gallery and museum level.
Inspired by cartoons, punk and graffiti, he has developed an animation/painting technique using spray paint and acrylic paint pens as a primary medium, coupled with a tedious stenciling & layering process that could be described technically as something between stencil graffiti, comic illustration and Japanese ukiyo-e paintings. The result is a body of work of superflat sci-fi “floating world” style landscapes; set within a self-contained, linearly-progressing fictional future-world inspired by his own personal views on politics, culture, sociology, mythology and various futurist theories regarding the direction of human society.
or "a utopic vision of humanity's possible future, while keeping in mind that we have already destroyed the planet."