Deanna Mance brings discipline to her works on paper, creating intricate, large-scale abstract ‘scapes. More than anything, the works are reminiscent of maps, cataloging more than streets and implying the sense of activity that one finds in a busy city. In her recent show at Box Heart, The Dead Engineer, Mance exhibits works that span the last seven years. This body of work reflects a dedication to her medium, remaining a consistent presentation. From Box Heart’s release:
As Mance looked back over those seven years, she acknowledged the transformation her artwork made in things such as; scale, material, design, color, and overall composition. Although one can certainly acknowledge those differences, the works do share a common thread. They all strive to mimic the lay-outs of improbable objects or the mistranslation of an undiscovered language. Perhaps the location of a secret hiding place or intelligence gathered from deep within the mind. Not a real engineer, Mance perceives her art as blueprints of objects that could never manifest within known physical reality.
It is a dichotomy, to say that a work can be precise as well as intuitive, but the works have that kind of feel to them. Like a jam session, where the musician knows his instrument and its range so well that he can impart incredible impact to his riffs, only Mance is doing it on paper.
The Dead Engineer is on exhibit through March 26 at Box Heart.
March 1 – March 26, 2011
The Dead Engineer:a collection of works by Deanna Mance
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Tuesdays: 11am – 6pm
Wednesdays – Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 1pm – 5pm
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