1. "The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there." Have you seen the proposal for the replacement? bland suburban office buildings. We can do better… See the Oakland 2025 Plan.
2. "The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record…." If they are responsible questions why not wait until a full plan is unveiled; preservation should not be a process of demolish ask questions later. Few buildings will/have survived this approach. PPU has not demonstrated that it cant work (technical, cost, design). An open professional problem solving workshop could resolve this. If we could do it with 5th & Forbes (GC Murphy Block) we can do it here. PPU deserve praise and so does the public/taxpayer for significant funding assistance, now and lilely in the future.
The "pay to play" aspect should trouble ALL artists. Only a n00b would pay $200 for a one night show in a bar. A gallery working on a commission is motivated to sell your art because they get paid when the work sells. When the artist pays up front, there is no motivation to sell... because they've already been paid. There are plenty of opportunities to get your art out there, and to connect with other artists. Unblurred on Penn Ave is the place to go, the place to network, the place to show.
A simple online search will detail the nationwide scam going on here. It's not going to help an artist's credibility to be associated with ANY vanity (pay to play) organization. It's a pyramid scheme, pure and simple. These type of art businesses survive by branching out--always. These websites/ galleries need to have hundreds of artist paying up front fees. These vanity spaces are not looking out for the artists' best interest in the long haul, they are merely trying to keep their exhibition space afloat.
This is beautiful work, I love seeing what self taught artists can do with there imagination!
Thanks for writing about all the projects!
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Bull shit. Fake propaganda
Marmaduke wuz robbed.
Look at THOSE pants!
Nice car for a pittsburgh poet.
Point Park has been an excellent downtown tenant and have done extraordinary work in the past 5-10 years transforming their "campus" and improving the streetscape in the blocks that encompass it. The concerns in this article are responsible questions that should be raised, but I'm confident in Point Park's track record that they will do what they can to preserve the historic integrity of the area while simultaneously making the necessary improvements to attract more people downtown and make it a more viable "community" as a whole.
Is there a projected use for the soon-to-be abandoned Playhouse in Oakland? That corner of Craft/Boulevard of the Allies already has one vacant building, as well as a gas station. Magee's putting in a new Emergency entrance on that side, and I presume this will encourage employees and visitors to use Craft Street for access instead of only Halket. The "Portal Project" is finally getting rid of one downtrodden area of Oakland, yet another one seems to be forming (or is already formed) at the "Boulevard Portal". Kind of a weird location, but not so far removed that empty buildings should be sitting there.
I've been to the Penn Hills Game Exchange a handful of times, and I find my visits to be well worth the time; whether I pick up a game I haven't played, or spend an hour in the arcade eating Nori, or as I gawk in awe as Anna resurrects my fallen Starfox 64 game; I always have a laid back time. While retro (and of course newer) games might not be everyone's forte, it's been a pleasure to converse and learn new things from everyone there, and it's always exciting to reconnect with games from my childhood, and see what gaming was like before my time.
I recently spent ten angry minutes (unrelated) parked outside this very establishment and thus can affirm all this as basically true. It was also very humid there, which this article does not mention.
It's Edward G. Robinson, not Edgar - Editors?
It is COUM Transmissions.
Heinz, like many of the wealthy of the day, viewed Japan as an exotic curiosity, one that can be at once collected and reformed. He made those remarks at a Sunday School convention in 1902, and they appear far less noble in context: "Japan is the key to the Orient. The work done through this Sunday-school movement and through the missionaries in this ambitious, aggressive, imitative nation, so eager to adopt the methods of the United States, will be looked upon with favor by the neighboring people of Korea and China." Heinz was one of many aristocrats who took an interest in what old, exotic Japan represented to them just as Japan was shunning these traditions in its rush to industrialization and modernity.
I'm curious about scale. It seems to me that the size for this installation was a good match for the space under the bridge. Was there a larger version on the Hudson? If the piece does exist in a size on the scale of Macy's Parade inflatable, then it would be a perfect match for our three rivers, in both scale and concept. On another track, it seems to me that this installation relegates the Buddha to an object, reminding me of Nam June Paik's Buddha series. If the artist's intention is to get us all thinking and reflecting on Nature-- we're stuck with a reflection of just man-made surroundings. Still another question I have is was the placement the artist's decision or was it a curatorial one? or based on getting/not getting permission to have it float on the river? was the decision a bureaucratic one or an artistic one? Perhaps the Buddha is doing his eternal job of reflecting back our all too human mechanisms!
Burying "Floating Echo" under the bridge---contrary to the advertisements for it before the festival---weakens the image and defeats the installation's purpose. Furthermore it runs against the artist's own statement: "Through the statue one can see the nature, landscape and architecture around the water. Its subtle presence embraces and reflects the surroundings, both natural and man-made."
Michelle Fried, you are an incredible writer. Holy smokes.
Haha, awesome review! I loved the blanket fort and the cat ramp! I wish that this room lived year-round somewhere
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