Monday, January 14, 2013

The Painting as Object at 709 Penn Gallery

Today's date: January 11, 2013
Contact: Sonja Sweterlitsch,
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The Painting As Object

New Work by Fabrizio Gerbino

709 Penn Gallery
January 18-February 17, 2013

In The Painting as Object, Florentine-born artist Fabrizio Gerbino explores the nature of paintings as objects in themselves, by presenting a series of meta-paintings that use earlier works almost like objects in a still life, or as the launching point for abstractions.  Gerbino translates these subjects into minimalist shapes using colors mixed only from primaries.

“Witnessing Gerbino’s paintings evolve has been amazing,” says Sonja Sweterlitsch, Curator of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery.  “When he first moved to Pittsburgh, Gerbino impressed with his mastery of technical skills, with work ranging from realistic cityscapes to meticulously rendered miniature copies of masterworks from his native Italy.  In recent years, his work has ranged from installation art to video, and his painting has become more minimalist in style.  While his work continues to draw inspiration from urban spaces, industrial buildings, and abandoned industrial objects, this new series is very much about the nature of painting,” says Sweterlitsch.

In The Painting as Object, the works on display have been painted and repainted many times, the evolution of each work revealed through the still visible layers of paint.  “I covered each one,” says Gerbino. “I was not satisfied with them.  I covered these paintings without specific expectations, and I was open for a new transformation.

I put them down on the floor to dry and after days, I started to look at them not any more just as a painting experience, but as objects. Then I put them on the wall, the same way they had been on the floor.  I decided to use that work like an object, a subject for a new painting.”

Also on display is a very personal painting of Gerbino’s father’s hand, painted directly from a video of his father that was filmed days before his death.  On the canvas, paint drips from his father’s fingers.  Leaving the drip was a purposeful decision, a poetic expression using the paint itself.


Fabrizio Gerbino is an Italian artist who was born in Tripoli, Libya in 1962. He graduated from the Istituto Statale D’Arte and attended the Scuola Libera del Nudo at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. In October of 2003 he moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he currently lives and works. He exhibited his work extensively in Florence and other Italian cities as well as in Germany. For many years in Italy his work focused on painting, installations and iron sculpture.
Gerbino has found inspiration from urban spaces, industrial buildings and abandoned industrial objects. Gerbino’s works are held in the following collections:

Calgon Carbon Corporation
BNY Mellon
RJ Lee Group, Inc.
The Elmhurst Group (Rand Building)
Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Casa Masaccio in San Giovanni Valdarno (Arezzo) Italy
Ateliers Hoherweg e. V. in Dusseldorf, Germany
The Kiski School
In 2006 he was a beneficiary of the Eben Demarest Grant and in 2010 The Will’s Gift award recipient from The Kiski School.
In 2011 Gerbino’s work was chosen for the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

709 Penn Gallery is located on 709 Penn Ave. / Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m.
709 Penn Gallery is a Project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education & Community Engagement department.

Dates:  January 18 – February 17, 2013
Opening Reception:  January 18, 2013   (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

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