Artist Brian Gonnella Holds His First Installation At .5 Gallery

For Immediate Release – Pittsburgh, PA

Opening Reception: September 22 6-10pm

“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.”

This is the first installation being held in the newly emerging .5 Gallery. Located in the heart of Etna, .5 is a cooperative run by creatives with a do-it-yourself ethic. It was founded around the idea of giving local artists a place to exhibit their work in an interestingly small space. With essentially half of a gallery, artists are welcome to create their own environment and display their work as they imagine it.

Brian Gonnella’s opening reception will also take part during Etna’s annual Art Tour and 150th celebration. There will be live music and painting,  food, drinks, and art studios open to the public.


For more information, please visit .5 Gallery’s website here

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