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This last Saturday, a handful of printmaking students and I went to Pittsburgh to visit the Tech Shop, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Mattress Factory, and Artists Image Resource. It was a great (and long) day filled with some really amazing art and a lot of fun!
We started the day visiting Tech Shop in Bakery Square. This “maker space” is filled with laser cutters, cnc routers, 3d printers and the like. This experience was really impressive, and something I need to consider as a future opportunity for students.
Next we headed to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to see this season’s solo exhibitions. Of interest was WVU MFA student Meghan Olson’s exhibition “A Mind of Winter” and friend to the WVU Print Program Keith Lemley’s “Past Presence” exhibition.
A nice surprise was this piece by Ian Brill called “Plume”.
We sat inside this “igloo” made of corrugated plastic and LED lights that changed color with a timing system.
Meghan Olson’s reflective cardboard pieces.
Reflective planks of wood.
And her soaked paper pieces…a REALLY great show.
Keith Lemley’s exhibition was also very impressive…pictures do not do any of these exhibitions any justice.
After a quick taco stop and a successful visit to a used record store we headed to the Mattress Factory. Outside was this creepy rat type sculpture? But the work inside (as always) was incredible…
After a quick drink at Max’s (of course) we arrived to our final destination, the CONFLUENCE 2014 WVU MFA exhibition and “Old Hat: works by Alex Martin and Sam Boehm”.
The two shows looked really good, and the grads did a great job of organizing the exhibition.
WVU Printmaking undergraduate Cassandra Delimon checking out the show…
PRINTWORK 2013 poster, the lineup this year was a who’s who of printmaking!
AIR “Jedi Master” Ian Short showing off some of his own hand made book binding tools…
Final proofs of new work to be editioned at AIR soon…