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The Tin Man and the Somnambulist
Works by Rich Brown
Saturday, October 8 - Saturday, October 29, 2016



A Pittsburgh-based artist and graphic designer, Rich Brown has worked in the graphics field since the early 1980s. As a fine artist, his focus is on printmaking, painting, and drawing. Widely exhibited, his works have won awards and he has accepted important commissions, most notably from Theresa Heinz Kerry. Brown is an Adjunct Faculty member at Chatham University where he teaches printmaking, drawing, design, and digital media.

This exhibition represents the polar extremes of Brown’s artistic personality. With a formal education taken during the Modernist era, he felt compelled to limit himself to a singular style. While staying within self-imposed parameters, he had to choose between two basic ways of seeing and producing art. Finding value in multiple approaches, his work cycled back and forth between styles.

In 1993, The Tin Man and the Somnambulist concept came to him as a way to explore and celebrate the different languages of his art. The Tin Man wants emotions and feelings to soften and warm his cold, mechanical grids. The Somnambulist seeks a sense of order to give meaning and firm ground to his chaotic existence. While the Tin Man enjoys the construction of objects with color and tonal values that tend toward the light with logic propelling his actions, the Somnambulist, a sleepwalker, tends toward dark tones, mark-making, and work with chaos and accident at the core. Instinct and dreams drive the work.