State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University Presents Oil Paintings by Bruce Cascia and Nick Paciorek Today
The State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition of oil paintings by Bruce Cascia and Nick Paciorek. The exhibit will be open to the public through June 26, 2014. A reception will be held today, April 25, 2014, 5-8 pm. Bruce Cascia will be present.
Bruce Cascia paints in a photo-realistic style, oils mostly, and occasionally, acrylics. His initial images were of solitary diners, truck-stops, and motorcycles all placed in dramatic vistas of the American Southwest, that called to mind the freedom of the open road. Bruce's bike paintings were included in the opening of Chicago's Field Museum's "Art of the Motorcycle" Exhibit sponsored by New York's Guggenheim.
Cascia's work is included in a number of corporate art collections such as Oscar-Mayer, DDB Needham Worldwide, and Pearlnesco, as well as the private collections of Jay Leno, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda.
His "Dogs in Pick-ups" series, inspired by small town main street, grew out of his association with the Boulder Humane Society. His "Illinois Flatlands" series, evoking a more contemplative mood, was inspired by growing up in Central Illinois.
Bruce's recent focus has been on his "Chicago Hot Dog" series. They represent vanishing icons of Chicago's heritage, not to mention good places to enjoy a "Chicago Style" hot dog.
His last two solo shows were at Chicago's Union League Club and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Of course, the openings were catered by Vienna Beef Hot Dogs.
Nick Paciorek's world was shaped by Chicago - the city, its colors, shapes and sounds. At age five when other kids were enthralled with the Major League baseball being played at Wrigley Field, Paciorek was awed by the colors and the brightness - in the field, the bleachers, the people.
As a teenager, Paciorek spent countless hours at art exhibits. He continually returned to his favorite, an Impressionism collection at a museum in downtown Chicago, impacted by the ability of an artist to control the world on canvas simply through color choice. It was then that Matisse became Paciorek's central influence.
As an artist, Paciorek aligns himself with a new generation of Fauvists. He uses broad strokes of brilliant color for their emotional impact. Each of his pieces is a celebration of light and color, a vivid interpretation of his subjects. For him, choosing the exact combination of hues for each painting is foremost. Large cities with active skylines, busy streets and hard edges are one of Paciorek's favorite subjects. He's influenced by the relationship of one building to another and the immediacy of light hitting a building in a certain way.
Originally from Chicago, Paciorek's education brought him to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. He now maintains a studio in Providence.
The State Street Gallery is located in the loop at 401 South State Street, Chicago, IL. Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday. The gallery and reception are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Shelley LaMantia at 773-844-1717.