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‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit gets interactive in Lawrenceville

Artist Andi Irwin stands in front of her paintings in her art show 'Kiss My Apps' at BE Galleries in Lawrenceville.<br /> Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Artist Andi Irwin stands in front of her paintings in her art show ‘Kiss My Apps’ at BE Galleries in Lawrenceville.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

By Justin Varney, Point Park News Service:

“Kiss My Apps” is a new art exhibit with pieces inspired by media apps.

The concept behind artist Andi Irwin’s exhibit in the show is to incorporate everyday mobile apps into one-of-a-kind art pieces. The exhibit can be seen at BE galleries, 3583 Butler St., through Nov. 15. Her paintings are inspired by what she finds on phone apps.

Artist Andi Irwin's paintings in the 'Kiss My Apps' exhibit at BE Galleries in Lawrenceville.<br /> Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Artist Andi Irwin’s paintings in the ‘Kiss My Apps’ exhibit at BE Galleries in Lawrenceville.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

“Researching apps is my obsession,” Irwin said. “I will want to look at your phone when I meet you. It’s a [look] into a person’s life.”

This exhibit is Irwin’s first solo exhibit and it took almost a year-and-a-half to complete. The pieces were created in her personal studio built in the backyard of her Pittsburgh home.

When asked about her inspiration and the use of apps, Irwin said she looks at popular culture.

“Warhol painted soup cans; I paint apps,” she said. “It’s what’s around us every day and what we use in our everyday lives.”

Visitors interact with one of artist Andi Irwin's 'Kiss My Apps' paintings by applying lipstick and kissing a part of the canvas. Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service
Visitors interact with one of artist Andi Irwin’s ‘Kiss My Apps’ paintings by applying lipstick and kissing a part of the canvas.
Photo: Haley Wisniewski | Point Park News Service

The pieces can even inspire the not-so-tech savvy people.

“It’s kind of frightening and overwhelming to try and figure out all the apps, but it sure does make for some beautiful artwork,” said Ruby Loving, a friend of Irwin who has seen the exhibit.

Irwin enjoys using apps just as much as using them in her artwork.

“Instagram is my favorite app to use and gives me a place to showcase my work,” she said. “I love to use ridiculous apps too, like the milk the cow app.”

 

 

 

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