Estel Gallery welcomes Pittsburgh-based painter Scott Turri to their downtown digs for tonight's Gallery Crawl. Turri's 2007 show at Estel, Poppies and Heroines, examined America's culture of excess, juxtaposing the image of an opium poppy with various abstract elements. This new exhibit finds the artist marrying images of an anthropomorphous cocoon to abstract designs and renderings of man-made shelters. Cocoons and Mobile Homes explores the notion of personal transformation, but fans of Turris work will find much to recognize here. Turri's style is inspired by Flash digital design software, and his surfaces in Cocoons and Mobile Homes could be Hallmark cards sent by some previous self to a future identity. Pleased to meet me.
Feb. 2-March 13, 2010