Edited by Caitlin Cesa + Rachel Jones
Meet three artists whose local roots influence the subject matter, materials, and process for their greatest works.
Jason Sauer is a classically trained painter living in the Garfield neighborhood. From large outdoor murals to small Flemish-inspired impressionistic paintings on metal, Sauer can create art from anything. He frequently uses the distinctly American demolition derby as a high-art form. By reclaiming discarded automobiles and transforming them, he conceives performance art that lets fate and happenstance create a sculpture. These sculptures are then set in a calm, sterile museum environment as a record of the brutality of human emotional release. Sauer also works with locally sourced objects, using his art to create a dialogue within his community. pittsburghartcar.com.
Best known for oil paintings, which are couched in observational realism, William DeBernardi’s artwork involves figure-based imagery concerning common human activity and behavior, often within the context of seemingly everyday environments. A Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing at Carlow University, DeBernardi has exhibited in various regional, national, and international galleries, universities, and museums. DeBernardi’s recent exhibitions include “An American Festival” at the Penn State University New Kensington Gallery and “People, Places, and Things” at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. williamdebernardi.com.
Kim Fox credits her aesthetic, subject matter, and choice of materials to her childhood in rural Western PA. Fox, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the College of Charleston, recently started exploring regional arts and crafts with a more rural bent, creating her own patchworks out of vintage tins and salvaged wood. Her tin quilts have been shown in “New Order: Collage Now” at the Future Tenant Gallery and at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh; in Providence, RI, in the “Memory Quilt Collage” exhibit; and in “Beyond the Bed Covers” at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Fox is also an itinerant art teacher in regional schools, as well as a designer and illustrator. workerbird.com.