Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cast of Characters at 709 Penn Gallery

Today's date: March 26, 2013
Contact:  Sonja Sweterlitsch /
                  Manager of Community Art, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Cast of Characters
curated by Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica
709 Penn Gallery
709 Penn Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
April 5-May 17, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA:  In Cast of Characters, curators Vicky Clark and Cindy Lisica bring together six diverse artists with character-driven work to question the nature of our everyday existence and our relationship to larger-than-life heroes and gods.  Characters’ stories combine through humor, insight, passion and intellect, causing us to contemplate our world and question our place within it.

The artists featured in this exhibition move from recognizable characters to ones they have created themselves.  While the narratives are, at times, very serious, the approach is fun, colorful, and imaginative as the artists communicate both personal and shared concerns.  The heads and figures of FriendsWithYou, Mr. Glaubitz, and Jeff Schwarz literally and metaphorically speak to issues of identity and the human experience.  Janet Towbin and Rei Sato use small scales to approach big issues, and power and identity are brought to the forefront with the graphic characters and costumes of Mr. Glaubitz and Mark Newport.

Bird Mouth Sculpture by Jeff Schwarz
Using the visual language of comics, punk, youth or street culture, the artists explore and present the familiar within their own situations. The resulting connectivity and commonalities invite the audience to view and experience a range of sensations by entering an active dialogue.

Participating artists include:  Mr. Glaubitz (Tijuana), Mark Newport (Detroit), Rei Sato (Tokyo and Taipei), Jeff Schwarz (Brooklyn), and Janet Towbin (Phoenix) and FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles).

A full color illustrated catalog with essays by Cindy Lisica and forward by Vicky A Clark has been published on the occasion of the exhibition.


Dr. Vicky A. Clark is a Pittsburgh-based independent curator and Director of the Art Gallery at Clarion University, where she also teaches art history.  Her extensive curatorial background includes stints at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and she was awarded “Curator of the Year” in 2001.  In addition to co-curating Cast of Characters, Clark has recently organized two traveling group exhibitions, “The White Show: Subtlety in the Age of Spectacle” at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Donald Judd Remix at Fe Gallery.

Dr. Cindy Lisica is an independent curator, Assistant Archivist of The Andy Warhol Museum, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of Pittsburgh.  She has previously curated exhibitions from L.A. to Paris and has held archives and research positions at MOCA Los Angeles and TATE London.  She has recently presented on contemporary and Japanese art at Brooklyn Museum of Art, University of Helsinki, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin.

709 Penn Gallery is located on 709 Penn Ave. / Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m.
709 Penn Gallery is a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Education & Community Engagement department.

Dates:  April 5 – May 17, 2013
Opening Reception:  April 5, 2013   (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

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