Sculptor who works in wood, steel, stone, glass & integrates found objects

Sculptor who works in wood, steel, stone, glass & integrates found objects

Sculptor who works in wood, steel, stone, glass & integrates found objectsSculptor who works in wood, steel, stone, glass & integrates found objectsSculptor who works in wood, steel, stone, glass & integrates found objects
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About the Artist

Jonathan Shapiro is a self-taught sculptor,

who incorporates natural materials along with found objects into his work. Growing up in New York, Jonathan was drawn to taking things apart and putting them back together in ways that were more useful, more meaningful, or just more interesting to him. He feels that his art has taken this inclination of his to new levels of expression. Jonathan currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Through my art,

I attempt to gain a better understanding of myself and the world we live in. In a society where I believe so much to be processed, I am constantly searching for things that are real. My sculptures are visual, tactile tools that serve almost as guideposts, enabling me to discover and keep in touch with how I am feeling and reacting to my dynamic environment. 


My sculpture is continually evolving, building off my previous attempts to express and explore emotions. In this way, previous sculptures inform current work, which then influences future exploration. Two of the recurring themes that I’ve found in my artwork include the relationship between mind and body, and dealing with interpersonal communications. 


Although I approach my work with a general direction – exploring the feelings and reactions that are most urgent at the time – the direction changes as I interact with the medium, in a process of discovery. The materials I use are part of my search for substance. Whether it's wood, stone, steel, or glass, it should feel authentic and unprocessed. I often work with found objects, like wood from a fallen tree or a rusted industrial artifact. These objects connect me both to nature and to Pittsburgh's rich history.  

Manipulating Matter

Events

Current

Zynka Gallery & The Andy Warhol Museum

Nov 16, 2019 - Dec 29, 2019

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Expressive Forms

Mendelson Galleries

June 2013

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Forest Inside

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Nov 14, 2008 - Jan 25, 2009

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Specimens

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Nov 14, 2008 - Jan 25, 2009

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Inside Out

Mendelson Galleries

April 2006

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Garden Inside, Small Wood Sculpture

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

January 2006

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Organic Matter

Garfield Artworks

March 2003

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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