CURRENT EXHIBITION: IN THE MAKING
On View August 26 through September 16
In the Making is an annual exhibition considering the public art projects created during the 2016 Fallow Grounds for Sculpture residency season. This year's artists include M. Illuminato’s Tripoli Street Bakeyard, Amy Master’s North Side Roadside Attraction and New Zealand collaborators, Monique Redmond and Layne Waerea’s Northside Civil Encounters. Fallow Grounds has brought activity and a sense of pride to the Spring Garden/ East Deutschtown community, as the exhibition reveals the cooperative public engagement present in each of the three projects. Visitors are welcomed to explore and take away work as the gallery welcomes a shared experience. Redmond and Waerea's work considers 'generosity and exchange as materials', as they offer a collection of prints, recipes and handmade elixirs. Amy Master's piece offers a unique experience and small scale photo opportunity as related to her on-site project. In the Making also premiers a documentary of the Fallow Grounds 2016 season, by Pittsburgh filmmaker Ivette Spradlin. The film offers insights into their site-specific projects, methodologies and reflections on the residency.
Upcoming - international residency exhibition: SRIWHANA sPONG
Opening Reception - September 29th, 6:00 PM
Bach Residency recipient, Sriwhana Spong, an artist of New Zealand and Indonesian descent, brings her unique voice to Pittsburgh, creating a new body of work inspired by the writings of Pennsylvania poet, H.D, and the song of the Bali Mynah bird. “This is a voice on the brink of extinction and a voice understood perhaps, through the senses, where meaning exists in what is audible and not legible. Both H.D and the Mynah can be considered as two conscious bodies responsive to the environment that impresses upon them.”
Spong has collaborated closely with local filmmaker Ivette Spradlin and artist Ricardo Iamuuri on this project, creating a new moving image work and installation in NK's main gallery and chapel. “Film interests me for this project because of its material properties, where light writes onto the celluloid, much like pen on paper, and also for its particular quality of image”.
Sriwhana Spong was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1979 and holds a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Holland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include Taking Form, with Agatha Gothe-Snape, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2013) and all our relations at the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). In 2012 she was also selected as a finalist for the prestigious Walters Prize at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Her work is collected by major institutions including Tepapa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She comes to Neu Kirche following a prestigious one-year residency at the DAAD in Berlin, Germany. She is represented by Michael Lett in New Zealand.
Yinzer House gallery: DOLL HOUSE BY THOMAS WATERS
On view by appointment through November 6th
"I was interested in magnifying them, such that they become bigger than life, and seeing the object as sculpture displaying grace, gesture and pose. But the most striking quality of these dolls is their silence, which leaves their stories to be deciphered and invented."
One of Pittsburgh's great outsider artists, The artist works within the mediums of print and photography. In a revealing show of large scale photographs, where gender ambiguities, trauma and the passage of time coalesce.