Art Exhibit: Spectrum Language
Langston Gardner, “Alexander… Danyell” | Acrylic on canvas, 30×24 in.
Christine Frechard Gallery
5126 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
|March 30 – April 4, 2019||Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:00 – 7:00 pm
“I believe in Art as a powerful and essential element of life. The appreciation of art allows us to rise above mass culture and to ascend to a wider world perspective.”
“We believe in autism as a culture; the arts are a platform for our artists to freely express themselves to the community.” ~Veronica Federiconi, CEO, Autism Services
Spectrum Language features four artists with autism whose vital expressions of personally meaningful subjects invite the viewer to explore the very concept of language itself.
It has been said that Langston Gardner’s paintings are concerned with the inability of language to fully express complex ideas and emotions (1). Gardner’s work is a vibrant journal of his thoughts painted in waves of repetitive words that overlap and fade.
Erich Haneberg is influenced by the language of popular culture. He has two distinct approaches to making art. The first is to create line drawings in pen on 4×6 inch index cards, of items such as shopping carts, candy bars, bikinis, corporate logos, sports and food. He also paints large areas of monochrome color on canvas. Haneberg combines these two approaches in his “Ceiling Fan” and “T-shirt on TV” series.
Stacey Mania is a figurative painter whose work features bold color and contour line. Mania has multiple ongoing painting series depicting her friends, famous artists and musicians, politicians, animals, sunsets, and reproductions of famous paintings.
Sheryl Yeager’s colorist pastel drawings of trees, flowers, animals, and birds are inspired by her desire to achieve oneness with nature (2). In Yeager’s work, bold shapes play off one another in bright complementary colors and contrasting tonalities.
(1) Colin Dabkowski, The Buffalo News, Sun, Aug 30, 2015.
(2) Sheryl Yeager, Autistic Impressions
This exhibition is free and open to the public during gallery hours.
Gallery hours: Tuesday: 12 to 5 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 12 to 6 pm.