This May, local artist Patrick Schmidt uses his vibrant paintings to challenge patrons to rethink how they reconstruct their own mythologies in the digital age.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from Friday, May 5th to Sunday, June 18th at 819 Penn Avenue. There will be a free Opening Reception on Friday, May 5th from 6:00PM-9:00PM. The reception will feature complimentary beverages provided by Future Tenant’s generous sponsor, Straub Beer.
In today’s technological world of rapidly available information and “Alternative Facts”, it is easier than ever to construct alternate realities and identities. Selectively engaging with information is effortless and requires almost no thought. Curator and artist Patrick Schmidt aims to task audiences with thinking about this in his show Cross-eyed and Painless: Exploring Myth in the Digital Color Field.
“Color, shape, and pattern define cultural awareness,” says artist and curator Patrick Schmidt. “Nevertheless, digital manipulations of color, shape, and pattern can disrupt these paradigms… By using pattern as a metaphor, my work explores identity in the digital age.”
About the Curator and Artist
Patrick Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Art at Washington & Jefferson College. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Central Michigan University. Schmidt’s paintings are in several corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is currently based in Pittsburgh.