Pittsburgh Biennial: Public Record opens at SPACE




September 26 – November 9, 2014

SPACE, 812 Liberty Avenue | 707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Avenue

Exhibition Opening & Reception | September 26, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record,a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26–November 9, 2014, at the Trust’s SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust’s quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

Public Record—a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists—explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working.

Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt’s Well Played: Paul’s Vinyl Records—held in 707 Penn Gallery—which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist’s collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually “dig-in” to the collection and play records online.

Highlights at SPACE include the first presentation of Taking Stock, the second project of Two Girls Working—the artistic duo of Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. The video project presents men’s responses to the question, “What do you do that makes you feel valuable?” The artists explore the long-standing stereotype of men caring only for “sex, money, sports, and gadgets,” though the way men portray themselves and are portrayed by others has undoubtedly expanded.

An interactive installation is Paolo Pedercini’s Leaky World, which is a video game the artist created during the international manhunt for Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief. Leaky World is a playable interpretation of Assange’s essay “Conspiracy as Governance.” In Leaky World Pedercini says, “The player takes the role of an abstract power, weaving a web of conspiracies and disconnecting the leaking nodes.”

Also on view are works of painting, film, sculpture, audio, and works at the intersection of art and technology, such as Caroline Record’s “singing, printing sculpture” She, and Matthew Biederman’s group work Systemic tactical environments,a video work including President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell speech warning of the “Military Industrial Complex,” and addressing current positions and politics of privacy, surveillance, and safety.

About the Artists

Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Matthew Biederman, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer have been involved in activities dealing with the art and science of radio and telecommunications through the prism of radio art, technical culture, television, film, conceptual art, electronic music, media arts, and tactical media since the 1980s, in projects such as Ladomir-faktura, Makrolab, and Wardenclyffe. They are currently working on “systemic tactical environments” implementing the meshing of software defined radios, data aggregation, analysis, and display.

Rafael Abreu-Canedo, currently living in Pittsburgh, PA, and originally from Brazil, attended Pittsburgh’s CAPA High School, where he developed his first body of work at the age of 16. The work resulted in his first solo show in New York City’s Jadite Gallery. Abreu-Canedo has exhibited works and taught both nationally and internationally, and he earned an MFA at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art. Developing a commitment to communication through the arts, he has worked with organizations such as Creative Capital; Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Franklin Furnace; Queens Museum of Art (New New Yorkers); Sprout Fund; Root Division; Oakland Unified School District; New York Department of Education; and Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Carolina Loyola-Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and performer. She earned an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is associate professor of media arts at Robert Morris University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues such as the 10th Havana Biennial; Bankok Experimental Film Festival; Chicago International Latino Film Festival; Biennial of Video and New Media in Santiago, Chile; Biennial Arts Nuevo InteractivA, Merida, Mexico; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; among others. Some of the topics she explores include social justice and the dislocated identity that results from colonialism and migration. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Pittsburgh Foundation; Heinz Endowments; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Multicultural Arts Initiative; among others.

Paolo Pedercini is a game developer, artist, and educator. He teaches digital media production and experimental game design at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2003 he has worked under the project name “Molleindustria” producing provocative games addressing issues of social and environmental justice, religion, labor, and alienation.

Caroline Record is an artist and technologist who uses code to create her own artistic systems. She grew up in Washington, D.C., and moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to attend the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, where she earned a BFA. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human computer interaction.

Martha Rial is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked as a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has won the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Photojournalism, a National Headliner Award, and has been named Pennsylvania News Photographer of the Year. Martha’s photographs documenting the lives of Burundian and Rwandan refugees won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. Rial has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art and Newseum in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous private collections.

Paul Rosenblatt AIA, is an award-winning architect and installation artist. He founded Springboard, an award-winning nationwide architectural firm based in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2001. Rosenblatt is best known for his work with non-profit organizations, such as cultural and health service organizations, having developed a voice in the planning and design of museums and exhibitions. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Yale University, where he received the Yale School of Architecture’s Anne C.K. Garland Award. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, The City College of New York, and Yale University.

Susanne Slavick is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and recent editor and curator of Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011), featuring international artists who respond to the aftermath of war. Recent solo shows have been presented at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; McDonough Museum, Youngstown, OH; Accola Griefen Gallery, New York, NY; and Bernstein Gallery, Princeton, NJ. Slavick studied at Yale University, New Haven, CT; Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; Temple University Abroad, Rome, Italy; and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. She has published articles in Cairo: Images of Transition (transcript Verlag 2013); Cultural Heritage and Arts Review; Cultural Politics; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; and Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.

Two Girls Working is the collaboration of artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. Their first project Trappings explored the meaning and presentation of power in women’s lives. They have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; The Heinz Endowments; The Pittsburgh Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and the New Mexico Humanities Council.

About the Pittsburgh Biennial

The Pittsburgh Biennial started at the Center for the Arts as a way to celebrate artists in the region. Twenty years later it continues to grow in scope and location, becoming the largest survey of regional contemporary art in Western Pennsylvania. As a platform for established and emerging artists, the Pittsburgh Biennial speaks to the rich texture of our city and its increasing momentum as a dynamic incubator and catalyst for artists. With opening events throughout the summer and fall, the 2014 partner venues are The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and SPACE gallery. Support for the Pittsburgh Biennial has been provided by The Fine Foundation; Hillman Foundation; the James L. Baker Memorial Fund, the Hollen Bolmgren Fund, and the W. Alfred Turner Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; and an anonymous donor. For more information, please visit pittsburghbiennial.org.

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.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. 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 landmasses 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.

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