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Paul Chidester's Tectonica on Display at Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh

Chidester Painting Tectonica, 2014, Flashe on panel, 46”x60”


Tectonica, a solo exhibition by Paul Chidester, Penn State School of Visual Arts professor, is on display through Saturday, October 4, at the Future Tenant Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Chidester’s body of works introduces an indistinct Mediterranean light/space with a variety of landscape and architectural novelties. Often, these forms take on figural aspects, and appear to be animated through a kind of tectonic energy. They may appear cloaked in Romanesque stripes, dazzling camouflage motifs, or in various hues of terracotta brick. The resulting arrangements are mash-ups where anachronistic events and features come to be reconciled in unexpected ways.

Chidester’s art has an international reach, with his work reviewed in ARTFORUM, Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Irish Times and WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. He has received a Heinrich Boll Foundation Award, a Ballinglen Foundation Award, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award.

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