Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Conboy has found places that Smith had photographed, and rephotographed those places today, showing us what is there now. It is a reflection of how the city has changed and stayed the same over the past half-century. Matthew's exhibit is called Pittsburgh Project.
Shriner's Circus Parade, Sixth Street Bridge, 1965 by W. Eugene Smith
Sixth Street Bridge, 2008 by Matthew Liam Conboy
Matthew Conboy will exhibit 100 of his own photographs, as well as contact sheets of W. Eugene Smith's photographs, and three videos for Pittsburgh Project at 901 Penn Gallery (the old Watercolors Gallery space) on Dec. 31, 6-11pm.http://matthewconboyphoto.com/index.html
Wisp by Gary Guydosh
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Three colorful abstract paintings by local artist Scott Hunter, several beautiful photographs by father and son photographers Alexander Patho and Alexander Patho, Jr., and a delightful display of robots by Don Jones are now on display through First Night. Don's robots include an elegant seven-foot matriarch, a mechanical mechanic wearing a hard hat and carrying oil cans, a mini robot riding an eggbeater rocket, as well as ones that light up and ones that move. They are all made of salvaged equipment like kitchen utensils and old vacuum cleaners. In the window, they are surrounded by toy robots. I think First Night goers will enjoy seeing their pretty city in photographs, brilliant colors on canvas, and futuristic robots to imagine 2010 and beyond!
Below is a picture from Don Jones' Flikr site... This robot, Maintenance Matt, is one of the robots on display at Fifth Avenue Place. Also, coincidentally, Don happens to be the one who set up the trains in PPG Winter Garden for the Gingerbread house display I blogged about earlier in the month! A very creative person.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Above is an example of the art of James Tissot that I have been familiar with -- Victorian paintings of elegant society women.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Cool web site:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The show is delightful, made up of groupings of small works, no larger than 5" x 5". Each artist's grouping is distinct in style, media, and expression, with one thing in common-- You want to get close to them, really look closely to see the details, and this way, they offer an intimate experience.
While there was a lot I liked, I bought a glossy, sky blue ceramic cast of a walkie talkie made by artist Carolyn Clayton, whom I had the pleasure of being introduced to tonight. The walkie talkie is a piece of a larger artwork made up of multiple ceramic walkie talkies of many colors, titled "Within Range."
Having bought this piece, I am taking part in an anonymous communication game. This sky blue ceramic walkie talkie is one in a pair, and whoever buys the other sky blue one will receive a postcard from me, and I will receive one from them.
My "message" isn't much, simply a list of walkie talkie related events I experience every summer while running the Three Rivers Arts Festival's Artists' Market. Regardless of my silly note, it is a fun thing to take part in, and this ceramic walkie talkie is quite cute and will look spiffy on the wall above my desk I think!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
On Friday, artist Ryder Henry installed the first window display for First Night, featuring his imaginative paintings, drawings, space ships, and incredible model city. It looks terrific!
4 Lydia Model City and some spaceships by local artist, Ryder Henry is on display in the Culinary Institute Window at 526 Penn Avenue (across the street from Fifth Avenue Place, one block up). It has already attracted excitement from passers by!
See more of Ryder Henry's work on his web site, here: http://www.ryderhenry.com/Ryder_Henry/Home.html
PPG is most beautiful around the holidays, when a giant Christmas tree is raised in the center of a seasonal skating rink in the outdoor plaza. Above is a lovely photo of PPG during the kick-off to the holiday season on Light Up Night (from PPG's web site).
The other day on my lunch hour, I walked through the plaza and took great delight in the wonderful display of gingerbread houses made by Pittsburgh children that filled numerous display windows within the plaza. Created by students, brownie troops, and many other groups of creative children, the display is created to encourage donations for Pittsburgh Children's Hospital's Free Care Program. The display continues in PPG's beautiful Wintergardens, where the houses create a large, snowy, gingerbread village with trains zipping through, surrounding a Christmas tree. I took some photos of some of my favorites...
Gingerbread and candy carousel (above)
Monday, November 30, 2009
In addition to The Gates, their past works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, and a 24-mile-long artwork called Running Fence in California.
Christo will continue their current project, Over The River, an installation that will canopy the Arkansas River in Colorado. See the work that they began together on the project’s web site, here:
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor -- anywhere in the world.
Listen to audio of Roosevelt and read the whole inspiring speech here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrthefourfreedoms.htm
P.S. Here is a photo I took a few years ago of Norman Rockwell's studio in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, when we went to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum:
Sunday, November 22, 2009
If you missed the curator's lecture and still go to see the exhibit, be sure to pick up the exhibit guide at the front desk. It includes an introduction to the exhibit by Elaine King, as well as her thoughtful descriptions of the artists and their works.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tonight I am attending a tour and curator's talk at the Mattress Factory about this exhibit. I am particularly excited because Dr. Elaine King, the curator, was one of my most influential professors at Carnegie Mellon University. I had an independent study with her about portraiture, and she really opened my mind to contemporary artists exploring portraiture in new ways. I am thrilled to get to see this exhibit tonight, and listen to her discussion!
CURATOR TALK: Elaine A. King
Human Portrayal: A Shifting Conglomerate of Media & Social Values
Thursday, November 19, 2009
7:00 PM (Guided tour of LIKENESS at 6:00 PM)$10
(MF members, PIT + CMU FREE w/ I.D.)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Nests, Rhizomes, Seeds encompasses the work of four women artists and educators living and working in the Pittsburgh area: JoAnna Commandaros, Anna Divinsky, Karen Page and Holland Williams. In this exhibit they examine nests and root formations through drawing, painting, and manipulating a tactile surface. Each piece is a testament to each artist’s personal sensitivity to nature, color, and texture.
November 13 through December 31, 2009 (First Night Pittsburgh)
Reception: Friday, December 4, 2009, 6-8 pm