Drap-Art Exhibition, part of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

 DRAP-ART, INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RECYCLING ART, RETURNS TO PITTSBURGH AS PART OF
2017 DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL

 Curated Exhibit of Local, US and International Artists Follows Up on
Last Year’s North American premiere in Pittsburgh

 Pittsburgh, PA— For 20 years, Drap-Art has showcased an international festival of recycled art at the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. This curated exhibition brings together hundreds of accomplished international artists from dozens of countries who reuse materials to create provocative and compelling multi-media artworks. Drap-Art has also presented exhibitions on more than a dozen major cities across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Just last year, Drap Art presented their North American premiere in Pittsburgh as the centerpiece of the inaugural Re:NEW Festival, with a major month-long exhibition of works by more than 60 international artists in Philip Johnson´s landmark Wintergarden at  PPG Place in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Now Drap-Art returns to Pittsburgh, this time in the framework of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival from June 2 to 11, 2017, (Noon to 8:00pm daily), with a curated show of eight U.S.s artists working with waste materials and a series of “Art is Trash” street installations by Spanish artist Francisco de Pájaro. Made possible with additional support from the Spain Arts and Culture Foundation and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, this exhibition will be held at the Trust Arts Education Center’s 3rd Floor Gallery at 807 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

This latest collaboration continues a creative dialogue that bridges between Pittsburgh´s artist and eco-communities with Drap-Art´s international artists. The exhibit features works from local artists Ron Copeland, Ryder Henry, Sarika Goulatia, Brenda Stumpf, Lorraine Vullo and Bill Miller (who has shown with Drap-Art in Barcelona, Uruguay, Sweden and Rome.)  They will be joined by Chinese artist Gao Yansong,  Olympia Washington artist Ruby Reusable, and Spanish street artist Francisco de Pájaro who´s signature “Art is Trash” series of guerrilla installations will pop-up on sidewalks and corners around Downtown Pittsburgh.

Drap-Art Exhibition artist images available: https://pctrust.sharefile.com/d-sf7d217033784ffeb

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Images available: http://TrustArts.org/TRAFmediakit

About Drap-Art
Drap means “rag” in Catalonian and Drap-Art is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 in Barcelona, dedicated to the promotion of creative recycling through the organization of festivals, exhibitions, markets and workshops. Drap-Art began as a festival in 1996 with the Creative Recycling Marathon of Barcelona, which in its second edition, in 1997, received some 20,000 visitors. Drap-Art also helped export its concept to Andorra in 1997, Athens in 1998 and Berlin in 2000. Since 2011 Drap-Art has organized numerous similarly themed international group shows including exhibitions in Peking, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Uruguay, Argentina and Montenegro. For more info, go to www.drapart.org.

Drap-Art presents the works of artists who have chosen trash to be their material and/or conceptual resource. Drap-Art reflects an increasingly timely trend in visual art that has its origins in the movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as Arts and Crafts or Bauhaus that embraced efficient utilization of materials and consumption. Some were  even proponents of a utopian a world without large concentrations of economic power in which human beings worked independently on a more human scale producing designer and hand crafted products, rather than flooding the planet with mass produced goods.

This utopian ideal is even more relevant today, in a world dominated by sprawling monopolies and multinationals, many with global spheres of influence that embrace an ethos of consumption, consumerism and disposability. The result has been a self-destructive cycle, depleting resources and filling the planet with endless waste that is reaching crisis proportions. In the era of Mad Max, post-punk and urban art, the artists connected to Drap-Art have updated this utopian ideal of the early modernists with a creative response eager to counter mega-monopolies. But on a planet drowning in debris, they often also feel compelled to take advantage of all these discarded resources.

About Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Downtown Pittsburgh is essential to the region–the metropolitan heartbeat where business, culture, and entertainment intersect.  Formed by Downtown businesses, professionals, civic organizations, foundations, and residents, the PDP develops and implements innovative programs and initiatives to enhance the Downtown neighborhood. We also promote and market this great urban center to millions of people as the region’s premier destination to do business, to call home, or to visit for the best in shopping, dining, and entertainment. The PDP also stands as staunch advocates for all those who make Downtown part of their lives—from businesses to workers to residents.  For more information, visit: www. http://downtownpittsburgh.com

About Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (58th year in 2017) a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting nearly 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s renowned Cultural District. Now in its 58th year, the Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, technology features, and an Artist Market presented by Peoples Natural Gas featuring 300+ artists from around the country.

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is the recipient of the Outstanding Green Event Award and GOLD level accreditation from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.  The Festival’s environmentally green initiatives of waste reduction, reuse and recycling throughout the Festival grounds are made possible through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.

For more information about the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, visit: www.TrustArts.org/TRAF.

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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. www.TrustArts.org

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