PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
STORIES OF TELEPATHY AND MIRACULOUS OBJECTS
July 11 – August 24, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery | 707 Penn Avenue
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Some Begins, an exhibition exploring the associative and myth-making capacities of objects and text from the collaborative practice of artists Meg Shevenock and Jamie Boyle. The exhibition is on view July 11–August 24, 2014, at 707 Penn Gallery. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30–9 p.m., during the Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.
|"But How Am I?"|
Some Begins, a collection of primarily sculptural works that exemplify what Shevenock and Boyle call their “belief in the crazy spirit world of objects,” marks the first exhibition devoted solely to their collaborative practice. Only very briefly, over the past seven years, have the artists lived in the same city. This physical distance between them serves as a crucial layer to their belief in the power of objects, their artistic process, and the works on view in Some Begins.
Several of the sculptures in the exhibition are arrangements of accumulated materials and objects, which the artists gleaned from daily life in their separate cities. Shevenock and Boyle’s separate—yet at times almost telepathic—experiences, reflected in these physical materials and objects (which in themselves resonate with their own history of use at once understood and unknown) are conflated in these sculptures.
The diaristic configuration of the exhibition allows a narrative to unfold and repeat and overlap through objects and fragments of text.
Rejecting the classification of “found objects” in reference to the materials of their work, the artists place a sense of agency in, and collaboration with, the bits of material—eye glasses, pencils, scraps of written notes, threads and string—that comprise a majority of the works in the show. And, some things become other things: Shevenock and Boyle have created reproductions of some of the objects, recasting them in various forms alongside original artifacts and throughout the exhibition as a means to construct a myth and deepen the felt experience of their materiality and expressive qualities through repetition and repositioning.
However, while some of the work feels weighted, it also comes with acknowledgement of the absurd: “Laughter and a sense of humor are also central to our evaluation—recognition that one is not alone in the world and a true miracle is sometimes evinced through the hilarious or outrageous.”
A written text, a collusion of the artists’ biographic details, both imagined and real, which they refer to as their “mythography,” accompanies the exhibition.
|Some Begin to Be|
About 707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 707 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 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. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visitwww.TrustArts.org.