Located at 251 Atwood Street, the Atwood Window Gallery features work by regional artists. In 2013, OPDC received a Love Your Block grant from the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to make the necessary façade improvements and recruited volunteers to complete the project. Previously a vacant building, gallery curator Leo Hsu creatively transformed the property into an art space.
Leo Hsu, Oakland Planning and Development Corp., City of Pittsburgh, and Spice Island Tea House
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Shells of Our Former Selves
The pieces are sculptures, trash statues that represent different people of Pittsburgh. These iterations of our community are created out of the refuse materials collected directly from each of the models. Conceptually, Shells of Our Former Selves serve as vessels for spiritual reflection, a shell or skin shed for the purposes of personal growth. Each sculpture reflects ideas, techniques, and physical items that have been disposed of or left behind. This exhibition presents a collection of public sculptures piled into the storefront window. The Humanoid sculptures present omni gendered wide ranging body types created out of recyclable materials. Shells of Our Former Selves will represent the amount of waste collected from the model, a personal reflection of brand preferences, habits, and what different people identify as “waste.”
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TOUCH ID PORTRAITS
Andi Irwin lives and paints in Pittsburgh. She grew up in an artistic family in Manhattan, with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as her playground. After attending the School of Visual Arts, she moved to Pittsburgh to continue her education at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied fine art, design, and art history. She co-founded the Blue Rider Design Studio, which gained a reputation for design that merged art, design, and technology for a diverse group of clients. Her focus has turned to creating fine art that explores where the primitive body and soul meets our future technological cyborg selves.
Andi is obsessed with exploring the human relationship to technology. Her Touch ID Portraits capture our skin and unique body shapes and patterns, joining our primitive and visceral past with our need to connect and to search for inner and outer transformation through our technology and personal devices. Her work discerns the beauty in our technology – the cracks in the screen, the fingerprints, the imperfect humanity seeping through the cold, perfect shapes and glowing light which reveal and inform.
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CHARLEE BRODSKY (PHOTOGRAPHS)
JIM DANIELS (POETRY)
Poet Jim Daniels and Photographer Charlee Brodsky are both professors at Carnegie Mellon University, and Jim is a long-time Oakland resident. For at least a dozen years, Charlee and Jim have worked together to document the post-industrial landscapes in and around Pittsburgh. Many of these photo/poem combinations have been published in literary journals, and they have been collected in two books: Street (Bottom Dog Press, 2005), which won the Tillie Olsen Prize from the Working-Class Studies Association, and, From Milltown to Malltown, (with writer Jane McCafferty, Marick Press, 2011). Some work from this project was also exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in 2005. In 2015 Charlee and Jim had a retrospective of their five collaborations (59 photographs/poems) in the art gallery at Robert Morris University.
In these windows is a sample of their newest collaboration—American Patriot, which explores the American flag within the context of Pittsburgh working-class neighborhoods. Knowing that a divisive election year was approaching, Charlee was drawn to photographing the flag, the most esteemed symbol of America. As she travelled through our neighborhoods, photographed and talked to residents, she began to see the flag as a complicated vessel of American values. Always respecting how words work with photographs, Charlee invited Jim to join her exploration.
You can see more of their work at www.charleebrodsky.com or in Jim Daniels’ many books of poetry and fiction.
These five digital illustrations begin a series featuring a contemporary history of Pittsburgh through the medium of playing cards. Over 200 people were interviewed by The AP Collection between 2012 and 2015. From these individuals, five were chosen to represent the court cards of the deck. Each person’s suit and rank has been chosen to reflect both their personal accomplishments and their contribution to the community.
Each print can be purchased for $60, find out more at theapcollection.com.
The AP Collection is Genevieve E.T. Barbee-Turner—a visual artist and illustrator inspired by voices.
I created this series of drawings during two weeks in the month of June,2009. I approached the blank surface with no pre-conceived idea other than the intention to create spontaneous abstract forms referencing the orders in nature.
First, there is a series of 5″ x 5″ drawings I called the “Diatomic Thought-Forms”. These appear to represent seed, nucleous, cellular, generative or primordial abstractions of the natural metaphoric cosmos.
Second, there is a series of 8″ x 10″ drawings I called “Biomimetic Thought-Forms”which may represent the “middle realm”,animal, insect, plant and human layer of the Bios (and apparently some of their”atmospheric”interactions and processes). Finally there is a series of 11″ x 14″ drawings I called the”MetabioticThought-Forms”. Metabiotic is a term I have used recurrently in my work, and it literally means”beyond life”. The idea involves a form of higher sphere or dimension encompassing all others, that hints toward a connective principle, or what I have called before:”the programming language of nature”. These appear to be basically some sort of Godheads, Deities or what I call “Intelligences”. The series was drawn very loosely, using India Ink, Tea, and a blue tone derived from a mix of scraps from different antique writing-ink bottles.
—Rainer Maria Rilke, The Eighth Elegy
In this collection of figures whose backs are turned, the viewer is invited to watch someone who is watching. Faceless, and without identity, these figures become abstracted strangers who linger as they stop to look back in the distance. The moment is not hurried, but rather calm, contemplative, silent. In these paintings the viewer witnesses a prolonged instant of saying farewell; thus, he becomes a spectator to a poignant end. The viewer is encouraged to wonder whether a goodbye is a demise of sorts, or whether it is instead a calm and natural transition from one moment to the next.
SUN AND FLOWER PUPPETS
Cheryl Capezzuti is a Pittsburgh-based visual artist, sculptor and puppetmaker, as well as an educator who leads puppet-making workshops. She is also an art teacher at Falk School. Cheryl and her collaborators have been producing the First Night Pittsburgh Parade most years since 1998. Her puppets can be seen at the parade as well as at other community events around Pittsburgh. Puppets for Pittsburgh is a free lending library of giant puppets. Collections of her Puppets can be found at the Braddock Carnegie Library and at the Bethel Park Community Library. At both of these locations you can check out a giant puppet for your next event or celebration with a library card.
Gone Dutch and Stardust – Comet ISON
Gretchen Steckel is a native Pittsburgh-based artist, photographer and maker of custom creations. Through art Gretchen expresses her thoughts and feelings into images and pieces that have been influenced by Nature, Astronomy and many other personal interests. Each unique piece in her Kitchen Art Series reflects Gretchens love of painting and symmetry; however hidden within the order lies a hint of chaos. To think it all began with a box of random kitchen utensils from an auction.
Gone Dutch was inspired by the Amish community with their Folk Art, simple way of life and the meanings and symbols within Hex signs. The inspiration for Stardust – Comet ISON was due to celestial events that occurred in November 2013. Mixed in-between the planets and constellations, three other comets were also gracing the skies along with ISON as it traveled through our Solar System.
Dogs & Clowns
These paintings were purchased in thrift stores, which I rarely pass without entering. I present them here as examples of the many fascinating objects that populate the world. I am particularly interested in them as items that are of little monetary value yet are rich in direct, unselfconscious communication.
– Robert Raczka
Samplings from the Stack
These drawings are from a series that I have been working on for the past two years where I have been trying to do at least one drawing a day… and I have been pretty successful. I want it to be pretty simple and utilitarian… so I use a regular black sharpie on regular 8.5 x 11 copy paper.
I have found the creativity and the cleverness of each drawing come from the daily practice. I have done similar concepts in the past where I have tried to take at least one photograph a day. The regular habit has grown to the point that I have taken not just one but on average about twenty photographs daily for the last five years. It proves my theory that we are able to form “good” habits.
John Lee’s art (otherwise known as Clohn Art) combines street art and folk art. He primarily paints on reclaimed materials and believes that art should be affordable and accessible to everyone. All of the pieces in this window are on discarded MDF board from a local factory.
John has been making art seriously since 2008 and wants to make 10,000 pieces of art by the end of the decade. Currently, he is slightly behind goal with 3327 completed. Hundreds of these works have been placed on the streets all around the world from New Zealand to China to the Pittsburgh IKEA. Perhaps you’ve passed by one in your travels.
Stop by his tent at the next Three Rivers Arts Festival to meet the man in person.