The focus of this exhibition is the depiction of recurring news imagery in Pittsburgh. These works reexamine the media and visual culture that shapes our experience of shared events throughout the city by combining pictorial elements from isolated incidents into large-scale drawing and painting installations.
Stephen Tuomala is a visual artist living/working in Pittsburgh. He has shown extensively in Pittsburgh and participated in group shows in New York, Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. Tuomala’s art is currently focused on distressed figures and landscapes inspired by media images, historic tragedies and medical imaging. The emphasis of his work is on the bodies’ gestures and the stories they tell to establish a greater connection between death imagery and life. Other portions of Tuomala’s body of work address the tension between figures and objects using the visual dialogue of color, line and tone to create context, emotion and structure within a visual space painted from life of figures in interior spaces.