First stop on the itinerary for the evening is the Mattress Factory for the tenth installment of the Gestures exhibit, Illustrations of Catastrophe and Remote Times. I took a look at the Mattress Factory site to preview the exhibit and found this handy little definition of the Gesture series -
In 2001, the Mattress Factory initiated the Gestures exhibition series to present new works by regional artists. In each exhibition, participants include individuals from a wide range of creative practices. Past participants in Gestures shows have included florists, architects, graphic designers and a wig maker.
Exhibiting artists include Matthew Barton and Jacob Ciocci, Black Moth Super Rainbow, John Carson, Rebecca Einhorn, Michael Ferrucci, Fabrizio Gerbino, Jennifer Howison, Renee Ickes, Ben Kinsley and Jon Rubin, Ladyboy, Christiane D. Leach, Jenny Lee, Lauri Mancuso, Danny Montano, David Montano, Jairan Sadeghi, David Wettergreen, and Brett Yasko.
David Montano, according to a Post Gazette article, won’t be able to attend the exhibit because he has been incarcerated for practicing his art on public buildings. The graffiti taskforce has estimated that Montano has incurred in the neighborhood of $700,000 in damages to area businesses.
On January 18, 2008, the tenth installment of the Mattress Factory’s Gestures exhibition series will open with a reception in the museum’s satellite gallery located at 1414 Monterey Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Admission for the opening is $10
Second stop, East Side Gallery in East Liberty
This is a new co-op group that has a space on Penn Avenue in East Liberty. From their site -
Pittsburgh’s new art cooperative featuring the work of local emerging artists in various media including, glass, jewelry, ceramics, print, paintings, and textiles.
Eastside Gallery is located in the Village of East Side near Trader Joe’s at 6401 Penn Avenue. Click here for directions
Artists & Designers
From there, who knows? So, see ya ’round the block.
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