Visual Arts: This Isn’t About You, 709 Penn Gallery

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

THIS ISN’T ABOUT YOU
WORK BY NATASHA NEIRA 

JULY 7-AUGUST 27 | 709 PENN GALLERY
ARTIST TALK | JULY 21 | 7:00 PM

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces This Isn’t About You, work by Natasha Neira, will be on display from July 7 through August 27 at 709 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. The exhibit will open during the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on July 7, and an artist talk will be held July 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the gallery. Sliding scale donations from this exhibit will benefit the artist. 

This Isn’t About You turns patrons into voyeurs by encouraging them to sift through belongings in a stranger’s bedroom. The immersive installation works as a confessional piece, where the room, adorned with mixed elements of vintage ephemera, empty take-out boxes and talking furniture, offers a hazy glimpse into a retired party girl’s dream-like state of uncertainty and persona. 

“I looked at my own room from the outside and thought about the people I allowed in that space – what the room said about me and what it revealed to them,” Neira shares. “Other inspiration came from my minimal experience as a child beauty pageant contestant, where the idea of putting yourself on display is considered significantly less painful and embarrassing when wrapped in pink.”

Using the microcosm of one’s first bedroom as a young adult, the piece reflects upon those first steps into the realm of independent adulthood. The work dramatizes personal experience, and playfully toys with the notion of artist reliability.  Materials in the room are obnoxiously effeminate and reappropriated to showcase liminal areas of the past and present, reality and fiction. The work is intended to inspire patrons to consider the risks in fawning over nostalgia and sentimentality. 

Natasha Neira
Natasha Neira writes and makes art in Pittsburgh, PA. For more of her work, please visit www.natashaneira.com or follow her on Instagram @plainmansfield.

709 Penn Gallery
A project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust  and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 709 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines and is located at 709 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and Seventh Street. Gallery hours are Wed., Thurs. from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri., Sat. from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.trustarts.org.

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.  For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.

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