Co-organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Glass Center
Sept. 20 - Nov. 30, 2014 at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
Curated by Casey Droege
Organized by the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon
Sept. 19, Fri. - Oct. 5, Sun.
Featured presentation by Janks Archive
Sept. 27, Sat.
6-8:30pm: Lightlab performances of Three movement-based work: Maree ReMalia/David Bernabo,
Taylor Knight/Anna Thompson,
Oct. 23, Thurs.
6pm: Performance + Talk with Alexis Gideon
Oct. 28, Tue - Nov. 9, Sun.
Featured videos by Celeste Neuhaus: coruscate: solidago and Vanishing point
Support for the Pittsburgh Biennial has been provided by The Fine
Foundation; Hillman Family Foundations; the James L. Baker Memorial
Fund, the Hollen Bolmgren Fund, and the W. Alfred Turner Memorial Fund
of The Pittsburgh Foundation; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Highmark;
and an anonymous donor.
About the curator
Casey Droege was raised by two artists and a mime. Their incessant side hustles, ranging from chimney sweep to insurance sales, created the time management monster/slightly organized tornado that is Casey. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. And while her mother made it clear to her that she should go into computers, she now lives and works as a creative hustler in Pittsburgh. Her practice, including studio work and cultural events, can be seen at www.caseywhat.com.
About the Artists
Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. She combines post-consumer goods, particularly clothing, and participatory gestures to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor, and exchange. She frequently collaborates with other visual artists, poets, scholars, and the public. For this exhibition she will be working in collaboration with performance artist Michael Lewis Miller (Los Angeles CA). Abeyta and Miller will create a new series of sculptural objects and wearables that caricaturize our consumption of natural resources using her archive of discarded clothing and his past life as a geologist.
Gavin Benjamin was born in South America and currently lives in Pittsburgh. His multi-faceted background includes commercial photography, painting, audio works, printmaking, interior design, and product design and creating theatre sets and backdrops. His work combines the old masters’ sense of light with present-day imagery in the form of photographs and wall coverings. Benjamin will create imagery and atmosphere for a listening room, a collaborative project with David Bernabo for the Biennial.
David Bernabo, a native of Pittsburgh, has been a fixture on the music and art scenes for the past eleven years. Bernabo is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator, interested in drawing connections between the worlds of music, dance, and the visual arts. Bernabo will curate a selection of sound pieces from Pittsburgh artists for the listening room, a collaborative project with Gavin Benjamin. Bernabo will also create a new installation of video and objects, in the scope of his broad and varied studio practice.
As part of Bernabo’s installation, there will be a special one night presentation of the Lightlab Performance Series. Lightlab is co-curated by David Bernabo and Taylor Knight and is dedicated to presenting new dance pieces.
Drew Droege (Los Angeles, CA) is a comedian, writer, and director. He has become known for his scathingly funny and uncanny caricatures of actress Chloe Sevigny, which poke fun at our obsession with celebrity culture, fashion aficionados and the endless quest for the new black. For the exhibition, Droege will interpret “Chloe Sevigny’s Pittsburgh” from Marie Claire Magazine earlier this year.
Alexis Gideon has spent years creating his Video Musics series, for each composing an epic ballad, collaborating on animation, and traveling the world to perform it. These multimedia pieces explore traditional folklore and highlight his talents as a composer and entertainer. His stunning performances and eerie imagery have made his transition from the music world to the art world successful. Gideon’s Video Musics III will be on view, alongside objects from the creation process. He will also give a live performance of the piece.
Ulric Joseph is a recent transplant to Pittsburgh and native of Trinidad and Tobago. His recent body of work returns to glitzy carnival influences, implementing social commentary as a way of placing the spotlight on issues of racism, stereotyping, greed and the adjustment to American culture. Joseph will unveil work made in the last two years, including a series of family portraits.
Jessica Langley, (New York, NY) a former Pittsburgh resident will return to show a new iteration of her “Flat Screen” animations. Langley’s work draws from idealized nature photography and cultural symbols of the sublime, abstracting and obscuring her images through a variety of processes, resulting in painting, collage, and animation. Her bright colors and sometimes-kitsch inspired imagery bridges the gap between the natural and the digital world, accentuating our own environmental fears and hyper-real guilt.
Janks Archive, The Janks Archive, a collaborative project comprised of Jerstin Crosby, Ben Kinsley (CMU Alum MFA ‘08), and Jessica Langley, will build upon an ongoing collection of put-down jokes from people from all over the world. The group collects a wide variety of culturally and geographically specific quips, giving us a glimpse into the universal need for insulting humor. They are driven by a curiosity about the revealing and insightful universality of humor, particularly the way oral histories are spread through a shared joke. Seemingly negative and rarely politically correct, this naughty side of human activity has been present around the world for hundreds of years and provides us insight into a time and place. The team will collect and feature Pittsburgh’s finest jokes for the archive, which will be on view for the first two weeks of the exhibition.
Celeste Neuhaus will showcase new and old work in the form of video, sculpture and assemblages. Neuhaus investigates our everchanging conceptualization of the universe and its forces, from alchemy to astrophysics. With the compulsion to create cosmos (order) out of chaos, she constructs symmetrical geometric forms from the remains of modern day rituals: using materials that have been purchased, consumed, and discarded in conjunction with natural objects. Her work reveals the archetypal beneath the mundane and discloses the mysterious within the familiar.