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GALLERIE CHIZ invites you to attend
Laura McLaughlin… nEw FUNk in clay
and other non-wishy-washy work by
Daniel Belardinelli . . . Brian Fencl
Scott Griffin . . . Tavia LaFollette
Jay Marvin . . . Kristina Robinson
Daniel Sadler . . . Mark Weber
Laura McLaughlin… The contemporary Funk movement, which has its foundation in Surrealism and Dada, influences this Pittsburgh ceramist. Her work relies on impulses, and the “constant bombardment of information from structures such as family, government, and religion as well as the media…” McLaughlin’s imagery… strong, colorful, often anthropomorphic, is derived from the use of the subconscious, which helps her to make more evident her place in society.
Daniel Belardinelli… This New York self-taught, outsider artist, also an attorney, has
overcome many large childhood obstacles, and found that making art has always been
his best means of _expression. His work was featured at CHIZ in June and July with
his popular nail-polish paper paintings in addition to his larger pieces. New work will
be featured in this exhibit.
Brian Fencl… Painter, illustrator, and instructor, living in West Virginia, Fencl’s quirky
outlook provides a fresh and recent addition to CHIZ. It is thoughtful, tragic,
questioning, and often darkly humorous. We are looking forward to seeing his most
Scott Griffin… Also considered an outsider, this Canadian “paints” on metal with a
welding torch, producing a body of work with strong imagery. His pieces tend to
evoke a mysterious quality. We discovered him at The History Center during “Folk
Art Pittsburgh” last December, and he has garnered continued interest at CHIZ since
then. His work here has sold out!
Tavia LaFollette… Originally from New York City, this puppet master, presently
teaching at Earlham College in Indiana, works both two- and three-dimensionally.
She has also taught at Colby College and The University of Pittsburgh. As a theater
instructor, actor, and performer, she contributes a unique dimension to this multi-
faceted exhibit, in her first showing at CHIZ. LaFollette’s work has brought her all
over Europe, Eastern Europe, South America, and Japan.
Jay Marvin… This Chicago self-taught artist will be showing for the first time at
CHIZ. His work includes painting and mixed media on paper. Marvin is a writer and
talk show host on WLS radio in Chicago. He believes that “Art should be used as a
weapon to smash the boredom of everyday life!”
Kristina Robinson… Robinson hails from New York, and CHIZ has been watching
her style develop over the last few years. Her current work has taken on a more than
previously seen sophistication, and her use of space and meaning has matured. Do
come and check out her costume-clad figures in collage. You’ll find them delightful!
Daniel Sadler… Inspired by mobile homes, pink flamingos, and bowling alleys, this
newly-relocated (from California) Pittsburgh artist will be showing more of his
illuminated sculptures. Sadler’s strange “lamps” often employ photographic transfers
whether free-standing or suspended. Others are painted. Collectors include notables
such as Dustin Hoffman, Paul Reiser, Drew Carey, Patricia Arquette, Rodney
Dangerfield, Rhea Pearlman, Angelica Huston, Nicholas Cage, etc. etc. etc.
Mark Weber… Weber’s paintings, as you might recall from previous exhibits at CHIZ
are whimsical and curious. He calls himself a “moody” artist. He “enjoys a good
laugh, but also feels compelled to create a body of work that is rich in texture and
atmosphere”. He lives and works in New Jersey and has produced work for many
publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and
The Atlantic Monthly. His work can be found in collections both private and corporate throughout North America.
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