On Saturday, February 27th, I was honored to have been able to spend some time with a very dear artist friend, Moan Lisa (Mark Rossmiller) and be there to support him as he had his first one man show, Signs of Nonexistence, at the Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
In the afternoon, we spent a little time making mail art, which was how we met initially. We went out for smoothies and tea and returned to the gallery for the main event.
Familiar with his work on a small scale, his digital artwork is even more impressive on a larger scale. I was taken in by the movement of the pieces and their magical, ethereal quality.
Books of Moan’s poetry were offered for sale at the gallery. Many folks were very interested in the poetry and taken in by the artwork on the books’ covers. Christine, the gallery owner was able to persuade Moan to read for a few of us at the end of the evening.
As I am a huge fan of Mark’s poetry, it was a special treat to hear them read aloud by him. I am used to trying to find quiet moments alone where I can read them aloud to myself, as I find they are more alive and vivid in their imagery that way. You can find the current editions available and other bits of Moan’s work for sale here: http://moanlisa.com/shop/
If you are in the Pittsburgh area between now and April 1st, do stop into the Christine Frechard Gallery to view Moan’s offerings. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.
by Lynn Radford
photos by Lynn Radford