Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Crowdsourced Exhibit at SPACE

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org



July 12 – September 1, 2013

812 Liberty Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District

Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce an innovative new exhibit opening at SPACE.  Crowdsourced is curated by Robert Raczka and features participating artists Kim Beck, Casey Droege, Corey Escoto, Gabe Felice, Lori Hepner, Renee Ickes, William Kofmehl III, Maritza Mosquera, Tom Sarver, Shaun Slifer, Barbara Weissberger, and Paul Zelevansky.  Each artist will create a large drawing directly on the walls of the gallery and the art making process will be open to the public for both observation and input into the artistic process.  On Friday, July 12, the gallery will open early, beginning at 1:00 p.m., until 9:00 p.m. The exhibit runs from July 12 through September 1, 2013.

Drawn in a Day at SPACE. Photo Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Robert Raczka (guest curator-Crowdsourced) is an artist, art critic for Pittsburgh City Paper and other publications, emeritus professor of art at Allegheny College, and visiting assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University this fall. He has curated exhibits for a number of institutions including the University of Akron, Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Forum Gallery at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, and for SPACE gallery.   Raczka’s artwork uses photography, collage, and exhibitions incorporating found objects to engage with popular culture and taste, the public communication of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. “Audiences are responding to more active forms of engagement with art, and Crowdscourced gives artists a push in that direction with many of the artists moving beyond their usual way of working,” comments Raczka.

Kim Beck uses images of architecture and landscape to make drawings, prints, paintings and installations that survey peripheral and suburban spaces. Her work urges a reconsideration of the built environment - the peculiar street signs, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots, and self-storage buildings — bringing the banal and everyday into focus.

Casey Droege was raised by two artists and a mime. Their incessant side hustles, ranging from chimney sweep to insurance sales, created the time management monster/slightly organized tornado that is Casey. And while her mother made it clear to her that she should go into computers, she now lives and works as an artist using language to objectify the subjective.

Corey Escoto has exhibited nationally, internationally and in his home state, Texas. He was one of the three artists selected to participate in the Great Rivers Biennial (2008) at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and is a recipient of the Gateway Foundation Grant.

Gabe Felice is a local post-visionary artist. An example of his creative work- a 2010 residency at the Brew House, Gabe developed an interactive psychic art experiment called the Magical Psychic T - Shirt.  The experiment invites viewers to become a part of his creative process through Extrasensory Perception and Clairsentience. While holding a small sculpture from the fantastical "Device Unit", the participants' subtle energies are transmitted into the sculpture. Accessing the transmission via psychometry, the energies are translated into a psychic drawing for the participant to interpret.

Lori Hepner is a visual artist with an ongoing interest in exploring how digital technology is impacting society and individuals. Her most recent body of work, Status Symbols, is a series of portraits that are studies of identity in the digital age of social media using time, code, and light to photographically create glowing orbs of abstract color. Her work has recently been exhibited internationally and was featured in the Pittsburgh edition of UK-based Next Level Magazine in November 2012.

Renee Ickes is a native of Pittsburgh.  She studied art at Columbus College of Art and Design, Indiana University of Pennsylvania,  Academy of  Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia, Pratt Institute and the National Academy School of Fine Arts, NYC. Her work can be seen on the blog www.givemeyourrubberheart.tumblr.com.

William Kofmehl, III is a native of Pittsburgh and sculptor.  Kofmehl’s degrees include Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University; adjunct professorial appointments: Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, Carnegie Mellon, University and Robert Morris University.  Kofmehl’s works have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad. His complex installations built of wood, steel, bronze and hand-embroidery act as a staging ground for multiple performers where, routinely, Kofmehl himself lives and dwells within the installation for the entire length of the exhibit.  Kofmehl’s recent activity: Hong Kong: exhibit at the International Art Fair and speaker for ArtAsiaPacific -Guerilla Talks.

Maritza Mosquera  has been an artist all her life and an educator for over thirty years; teaching in prison, community organizations, universities and museums.

Tom Sarver is a locally based artist and creator of The Mattress Factory Museum of Art.  He is known for working in performance art, site-specific installation and public art projects dealing with environmental, social and political issues using the participation and involvement of the community.

Shaun Slifer works in video, print, static and kinetic sculpture, street signage of dubious legality, and as a self-taught history writer/researcher. He is currently working on projects which explore obscured and forgotten histories - those of humans and of other animals - through memorial practices.

Barbara Weissberger’s kaleidoscopic wall collages, Rorschach-like prints, and surreal mixed media collaged landscapes are exhibited widely. Her work has explored consumption (consumer and food), meat as metaphor, and notions of beauty and disgust. Play is central to her process; images grow out of improvisation and the pleasure of working with materials.

Paul Zelevansky currently resides in Pittsburgh.  He holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University, Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Columbia Teacher’s College and PhD, Art Education from Columbia Teacher’s College. His work includes early digital interactive museum exhibitions (NY Hall of Science 1988-92), digital animation, artists books, theoretical writing, curating, and graphic design. Published articles include use of text and image, web art, popular culture, and educational and aesthetic theory; most recent publication, 24 Ideas About Pictures.


SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.   SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  For more information about all gallery exhibits featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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