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    An exhibition of new mixed media paintings by artist V. Mann will open Tuesday April 26th at The Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Penn. with a pu… Read More
    An exhibition of new mixed media paintings by artist V. Mann will open Tuesday April 26th at The Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Penn. with a public reception on Saturday April 30th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Box Heart Gallery, located at 4523 Liberty Avenue, has represented V. Mann for the past three years and recently featured his work in the Edward Zwick film Love and Other Drugs. This solo exhibition will be Mann’s first since the release of the film. Read Less
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An exhibition of new mixed media paintings by artist V. Mann will open Tuesday April 26 th at The Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Penn. with a public reception on Saturday April 30 th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Box Heart Gallery, located at 4523 Liberty Avenue, has represented V. Mann for the past three years and recently featured his work in the Edward Zwick film Love and Other Drugs. This solo exhibition will be Mann’s first since the release of the film.
The title of the show, Three Years, Three Months, and Three Days, references the duration of the traditional Eastern spiritual retreat, and is the culmination of the work created since returning to the artist’s old family farm. Using as a studio the upstairs room that once belonged to Mann’s great-great-grandmother, Ida Bell Justice Porter, wife of W. S. Porter, Three Years, Three Months and Three Days started to materialize after much contemplation.
“I took everything out of the room and painted the walls and ceiling white,” said Mann.  “It is very quiet there, and the early morning light from the rising sun pours through the windows, illuminating the room like crystal.
“That light is wonderful to work in. I wondered, as I stare out the window at the crows, what is this day, what is this life, where am I going and where have I been? And that is when Three Years, Three Months and Three Days started to come together.”
“These new pieces are full of vibrant color and strong imagery, peaceful yet sharp, as I peer down a long line, searching for the end or the beginning but neither is in sight. The paintings are landscapes for the viewer to enter and explore, decoding the meanings behind combinations of clippings and colors, challenging them to understand the associations of the juxtaposed elements and phrases,” he said.  “I am motivated by the challenge of defining areas of vast space, and the struggle to express my most inner thoughts and ideas to the viewer.”
Along with Mann’s mixed media paintings will appear the prose of his wife, musician Sarah E. Mann. The show marks their first collaboration of this type.
“Sarah has kept journals that spanned our entire Kentucky adventure, and we realized they perfectly narrated the paintings, her words complete the pictures in a way I would never have thought of,” he said.
 
THREE YEARS, THREE MONTHS & THREE DAYS
16 Squares
The Black Painting
When One of Us is Gone
The Three Elements (Sky, Dirt & Glacier
Angel for John
Tobacco Trail
The Darkness of Winter Wondering
Afterlife

I am the River Now
Tornado and the Hurricane
Rising as the Sun
The Thaw
What Was the Dream
The House

The house is aglow and surrounded by peace
A crescent moon glows from the blanket of blue
Darkening blue. Stiches of stars emerge.
The clouds move over us like ghosts
Drifting to the sound in the distance.
The trees black against the sky.
The old house is alive and filled with hope,
Such promise in the sunny days of spring.
I am reminded of our first nights
Covered in the calm evening
When the dreads of the day are over
One bat flits, swooping.
The cat curled and sleeping.
More stars now.
What is it we love so much about this faded house?
All it’s windows lit looking out keeping us safe
As we find her flaws and blame her age
She’s seen so much bloom and die inside her
The old gray mare’s better for the wear
Holding joy’s mystery and sorrow with beauty and pride.

Three Years, Three Months & Three Days
W. S. and Ida Bell Justice Porter
Used to Be
The Man in the Moon
Yellow Flowers
I don’t understand why he had to cut them all down
Yellow flowers round the barn.
They were covered in bugs making love
So lovely as they sway and blow with the breeze
He went in swinging,
Roaring
Leaving none
The fallen ones laid by the road wilting
The Old Home