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'Unique Perceptions: Microscopic Reflections' at Allegory Gallery

By Cami Dibattista
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new art exhibit will decorate the project wall of Allegory Gallery starting Saturday. Nick Conti's abstract designs promise to fascinate those who visit the exhibition.

The ‘Unique Perceptions: Microscopic Reflections' exhibition will feature a series of Conti's digitally-manipulated photographs of glasswork pieces created by his business partner and friend, Andrew Tischler.

“The results are stunning abstract images that resemble colorful, psychedelic Rorschach tests,” said Andrew Thornton, who co-owns Allegory Gallery along with William Jones, both of Bolivar.

The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to view 10 of Conti's original works, on display in the gallery until Dec. 5.

“I'm looking forward to having my work at the exhibition,” said Conti. “The images bring a beautiful new angle on glass displayed on screen and in print, allowing the viewer to discover new layers and an opportunity to travel up close to these fascinating fumed particles.”

Conti, who resides in Pittsburgh, said he was encouraged and given great creative opportunities in high school by his art teachers, motivating him to pursue a career in a creative field. Conti holds a degree in graphic design from California University of Pennsylvania.

It was in college where he met his creative collaborator, Tischler, and the two formed Unique Perception Glass Experience to share their work with the world.

“I love that it's collaboration,” said Thornton. “Nick takes pictures of Andrew's pieces of glass and turns it into a swirling nebula of organic lines and undulating forms. He engages the smallest particles and the largest of constellations in his abstract images, and I think there's something spiritual in that. The viewer is transported to other realms and how often do we get to do that in our everyday lives?”

Conti's fine art photographs each portray a unique piece of glass and are priced around $100 each.

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.



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