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Re: “At Space, Hot Metal puts the thermometer through its paces

OK, lissa.

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Posted by video on 03/22/2008 at 6:03 PM

Re: “At Space, Hot Metal puts the thermometer through its paces

Lissa Brennan is continuing in the fine tradition of past Pittsburgh City Paper Art reviewers, a tradition of insulting Artists, Arts organizations and its own readers. Much like Gregory Knepp, a former heavy hitter of the Pittsburgh City Paper Art review style, Lissa Brennan focuses on negativity as a writing strategy. Brennan forgoes obvious and trite writing techniques such as critical analysis in favor of a more progressive approach involving a basic physical description of the objects presented in the exhibition, which is immediately followed by a list of complaints about the lack of any previously existing printed descriptions of the objects in the exhibition. However, the truly innovative part of Brennan's latest piece is her shift away from insulting the artists and their artwork. She does in fact take the the time to berate curator Ed Parrish for his apparently inexcusable lack of printed supplemental material. In her eyes, the loss of one's home and studio is no excuse for a lack of said printed materials. Her minimum requirements in an event such as this are listed as such: "[A] sentence per artist, and a paragraph from the curator, would be a fine start." She also sets her sights on the public at large as well as the staff of the Art gallery, first expressing her desire to 'clothesline' a stranger and finally passing judgement on the gallery's attendant based on their attire. She suggests that because of his style choices he should not have job but rather be sitting at home 'taking in' his pants. I infer from this statement that Ms. Brennan would like to see this boy take the time to perfect his personal style and then possibly return to work upon achievement of 'perfect style.' Lissa Brennan is a wonderful and fresh talent in Pittsburgh's Art Criticism scene. She builds upon an already strong foundation built by the City Paper's past intellectual giants while continuing to push the boundaries of contemporary Art Criticism. What can we expect to see in Ms. Brennan's Art reviews in the future? It's hard to say. The last Pittsburgh City Paper Art reviewer to write like her hasn't been in print for quite some time.

Posted by video on 03/06/2008 at 3:23 PM

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