A Map & A Key

Some Old Story About A Boy Who’s Just Like Me by Tony Cavalline
18″x18″x1.5″; mixed media on panel; 2021. Courtesy of the artist.


Tony Cavalline: A Map & A Key

at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
3 March-2 April 2021

In “A Map & A Key”, Tony Cavalline’s mixed media artwork explores ideas of memory, identity, and perception. His multi-layered pieces conceive a world that exists at the intersection of thought, recollection, and experience, creating an unsteady bridge between the stories we imagine and what we keep as real.

Cavalline offers a fragmented landscape of lost adventure and faint longing, pieced together from boyish ideas of an arcane and extraordinary world, softened and worn by years of misremembering.

Using a rich combination of expressive mark-making, textural painting, and
idiosyncratic collage, his compositions seek to capture memory as a moving cascade of fiction and recollection.

Embedded with insignia that hint at the esoteric symbols of a forgotten culture, “A Map & A Key” recalls a sensitive boy’s pure and desperate creation of a personal mythology and speaks to a quiet and insistent longing for magic amid the devastating loss that comes with growing up.

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


BoxHeart Gallery
4523 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224 USA
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