Artist Angela Pierro Debuts Solo Show “Forgotten Premonitions” at RedLine Milwaukee
by Beth Fhaner
The influential Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky once said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.”
For abstract artist Angela Pierro, color is also of paramount importance, and it’s the element of art she enjoys working with the most.
“I love exploring color and how we respond to it,” said Pierro. “What I find most fascinating is how people respond differently to different colors and combinations. The visceral response to color and abstraction are part of my exploration.”
Her current solo show “Forgotten Premonitions” at RedLine Milwaukee features an array of 50 pieces, ranging in size from 10" x 10" to 3' x 24' long. The Canadian-born, Milwaukee-based artist admits being inspired by the transitory qualities of light, creating color-flooded paintings which portray the illusion of depth and space. Working in oil and with an artistic practice focusing on the connection between the physical and the metaphysical, Pierro is fascinated with the science and spirituality of our human capacity to see and feel the future.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is “Meditation 3”, which has a special significance for the artist as it involved an incredibly poignant moment she shared with her mother, to whom the show is dedicated. “It holds a lot of meaning for me,” noted Pierro. “I painted the piece during a very difficult time in my life.” The painting is symbolically positioned at the entrance/exit of the gallery, and with its mesmerizing hues of red, purple, deep blue and hints of amber, “Meditation 3” does indeed provide an opportunity for a transcendent moment for its viewers.
Another highlight of the show is “It Happened Tomorrow”, a work Pierro created specifically for the exhibit, as she wanted to create a large, horizontal piece that would occupy a specific wall in the gallery. The piece consists of four canvases and measures 3’ x 24’ in length. Because of its location, the work cannot be viewed in its entirety if you stand back at a distance. The artist’s intention was to have the viewer move around the painting and look at it from various angles, which would allow them to engage, connect and think about what they are seeing.
The primary focus of “Forgotten Premonitions” is to invite quiet contemplation, and to ask if taking momentary pause in our chaotic world can clear the path to see our future with greater clarity and awareness. As Pierro explained, “Our lives are so busy and consumed with the stresses of the frantic world around us, so my hope is that people will come to the show and just take pause. Be still.”
Of course, how a viewer experiences the work is unique to each individual, and each person will feel something different. “I have witnessed friends moved to tears, and I have listened to others reminisce about a place they have travelled to,” said Pierro. “Either way they took a visual journey through my work and that is incredibly rewarding for me. If people leave my show having felt moved in some way, then I have succeeded.”
A graduate of the OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University) in Toronto, Ontario, Pierro also studied abroad in England, France and Italy. She has worked as an art director in various Canadian and American design studios. She later started her own design firm and was part-time faculty at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As Pierro continues with her daily studio work and pursuing new opportunities to showcase her work on a local, national and international level, she’s grateful for the support she’s received from fellow artists and art enthusiasts, alike.
“Having this solo show at RedLine Milwaukee has been an incredible experience,” said Pierro. “Since I moved here just over two years ago, the show has been a terrific way to introduce myself and meet people that are part of this vibrant Milwaukee art community.”
“Forgotten Premonitions” By Angela Pierro
RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. 4th, St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
Exhibition runtime: April 20 - May 26, 2018
The gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, please visit the RedLine Milwaukee website at redlinemilwaukee.com.