Jessica Warchall, Visual Art Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Exhibition Opening during Gallery Crawl | January 24 | 5:30 – 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Structures of Time and Space, large-scale light installations by internationally exhibited Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl. The exhibition is on view January 24–April 6, 2014, at Wood Street Galleries, and it opens in conjunction with Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District 5:30 to 10 p.m., January 24, 2014.
Known for his work using LEDs, Redl presents two installations in the present exhibition. Premiering at Wood Street Galleries, Twists and Turns uses successive layers of suspended glass plates to reflect four high-intensity light beams. The inherent draft in the room causes the glass plates to move at various speeds, scattering the light reflections across the walls and ceiling. The reflections are replicated again and again by the plates, creating an intense pattern of colored light, effectively dematerializing the architecture of the room.
|Speed Shift (Image Courtesy of the Artist, Erwin Redl)|
Speed Shift uses two bands of white LED light grids and simple beeps to create subtle shifts in the audience’s perception of time. Each LED band displays a wave animation with synchronized pulses of beeps indicating the wave’s speed. The speed of each individual wave changes slowly overtime, shifting in and out of phase with the other wave.
In both Twists and Turns and Speed Shift, Redl investigates the process of reverse engineering, by translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments through large-scale light installations. Due to the large size of the installations’ architectural dimensions, participation by the viewer being present is an integral part of the artwork.
Erwin Redl earned a bachelor of arts in composition and a diploma in electronic music from the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria. He also received a master of fine arts in computer art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and residencies—including a Chinati Foundation Residency in Marfa, TX, and a P.S.1 Studio Residency in Queens, NY—Redl has held solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Select exhibitions have been held at such venues as the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH; Art Miami / Swarovski Crystal Palace, Miami, FL; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; World Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain; among others. Redl presented a large-scale public commission at Wood Street Galleries in 2003 as part of the exhibition After Image.
About Wood Street Galleries
Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org.
About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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 Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.