Get right out! Heya from a fellow Etsian AND Pittsburgh transplant-to-be! So awesome and encouraging to read about Moop and your process-- go Pittsburgh!
Very cool. For more evidence that painting, especially murals, at a young age can have a long-lasting impact, check out this video -- ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/4977 -- about one painter's "aha moment" when her mom let her paint a mural when she was eight years old and how that changed her life. I think you'll enjoy it.
Just to respond to the previous comment ...
It's a bit unclear to me who, exactly, "reported" that G-20 activists were responsible for the vandalism. When we called Jamal Krolowitz this morning, he said that the vandalism in question took place a month ago. And while he's been hearing "a lot of rumors" about G-20 activity, he didn't see any reason to think his window was connected to that. "It's just some vandalism, I guess," he told us.
As we've previously reported, during the lead-up to large-scale demonstrations, government officials and media accounts often play up fears of violent activity on the part of protesters. We want to make sure that any of those reports are grounded in fact.
What happened to the Kaufmann murals? Were they moved to storage or some other location or simply destroyed or painted over?
Someone who hand-designs, silkscreens, and sells small runs of affordable clothing while offering opportunity to local youth in an area of the city most people are scared to drive by? I can see why some "activists" in town to protest the G-20 reportedly decided to target, vandalize, and harass this store with an apparent smashed window.
This store IS capitalism at it's finest. I'm going to go buy a shirt. If the activists have actively targeted this store, I thank them for clarifying what it is they are really about. As a result of this "activism" anything I view decrying the actions of the G-20 will now be colored through this lens (for better or worse).
Perhaps some people do "just want to watch the world burn."
I truly admire his work, and even though I am currently in cincinnati, I am saddened to the fact that his untitled piece "I am an Invisible Man," is in such a city full of bigots and racist crackers who run the city just so. It should have been in a less conservative, less bigot filled place where more people would enjoy it.
A great story, lovely event, creative artist. And I went back later for a meditative walk.
A wonderfully written account that weaves erudition into an accessible, populist treatment of the subject... hope to see more from Ally Reeves.
I remember as a child walking across the pedestrian bridge that used to be there. On Ellsworth Ave, you could see what used to be Sacred Heart High School; (my mom went there) and the Tom Tucker bottling plant. Going across the bridge was Huffstadter Cadillac (what is now Motor Square Gardens) and one of the many White Tower restaurants that used to dot the area. Sadly, the Ellsworth Ave bridge to South Highland was never re-opened.
the greater good, what a noble sentiment!
anyways welcome to astria and i look forward to seeing the exhibits
As editor, I'm obliged to note there is some apparent sock-puppetry (multiple accounts being posted from the same IP address) taking place here. I'm not going to name names, except to say there is more than one party involved. But I would ask that we all knock it off.
It appears that both Jeffrey Hoone and Astria Suparak have weighed in here; I'm glad to see them both, and I invite each of them to continue posting, along with anyone else who wishes to weigh in. The debate seems a worthy one, and I'm glad to see folks keeping things civil and substantive. But in my experience, the appearance of sock puppets often betokens trouble ahead. I'd like to preempt that if possible, out of respect for all the professionals involved. So fair warning going forward: If things begin to get silly in here, I'll start pulling the trigger like it's a Chris Burden performance.
If you are a commercial gallery owner spending your own dime, standing center stage is your choice. The privilege of running a non-profit organization is serving the greater good.
Your Town, Inc. evolved out of discussions between Julia Christensen and I. It features selected photos (which Julia printed for the exhibition) from her forthcoming book, Big Box Reuse, a new sculptural installation, the UnBox, created by Christensen specifically for this exhibition, and a parking lot installation, produced by the gallery.
For additional information about this exhibition and the artist, see:
Since all of the work in the exhibition "Your Town, Inc." by Julia Christensen was assembled and published by MIT press it would seem like MIT deserves the curatorial credit.
Also for what it's worth Brett Kashmere is Astria Suparak's husband.
It sounds as though "Tom Herman" is living in the past. I mean, who shops for perfume at J.C. Penney's anymore? Also, a closer look reveals that Astria curated two of the three exhibitions that will be opening at the Miller Gallery this season: "Your Town, Inc" by Julia Christensen, and "Keep It Slick," by the Yes Men. Incidentally, "Keep It Slick" premiered to an audience of over 1000 people at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland this past week.
And, why the insistence in separating the visual arts and the media arts in assessing Astria's curatorial record? That seems like an out-dated, artificial division.
according to her resume, she's been doing work abroad for years.
Just to continue. Astria Suparak is a young curator who may mature into a noted curator but at this point the superalitives are very premature.
Anyone who bothers to take a close look at Astria Suparak's accomplishment in the visual arts will discover that the only thing that she is internationally know for is creating publicity for herself. Two out of the three exhibitions planned for the Miller Gallery have already been put together by others yet Suparak gives herself top billing right along with the artist. Even in the photograph that accompanies this article she is viewed as important as the artist.
Her skills s a curator are at best untested and far from internationally renowned. When she insists on using language like "unabashed explorations and unapologetic articulations of female libido" to describe work from the exhibition Come On it sounds like she is better suited to write ad copy for perfume at J.C. Penny's than curatorial statements.
fresh heirlooms in lawrenceville offers creative reuse classes and workshops. plus, they sell a ton of artistic green gifts made from recycled materials. awesome stuff. www.freshheirlooms.com
Mellon building #2, the Union Trust Building, is the real travesty here. That place was a beautiful mall with an open area in the middle which is almost completely filled in with office space floors now.
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