SIX x ATE's fifth season came to a close last weekend at Neu Kirche on Pittsburgh's Northside. Check out the pics below or the Concrete page for more info on the presenting artists- there pumpkins, dogs, wine, crystal balls and so much more....
Many thanks to Johanna Lasner for capturing the night.
If you ever hear me talk about not sleeping, know that it is a real thing. And to prove it, here's a little documentation the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. With the help of my right hand woman, Johanna Lasner, we pulled off CSA PGH Small Mall (an arts market featuring past CSA Artists) and SIX x ATE: Revive ( with 412 Food Rescue for ReNew Festival). Check out the pics below:
The Residence continues as Elena Harvey Collins releases the first in a series of essays about artists she met with during her stay in Pittsburgh. First up is the amazing Tina Williams Brewer, fiber and quilt artist who has impacted generations of young artists and craftspeople in the region. See the story on The Glassblock's site:
Elena Harvey Collins is the second visitor to the Residence, joining us in PIttsburgh For the first two weeks of April. During her stay, she'll be working on a series of essays around a group of Pittsburgh artists and their interactions with the city. This group includes Tina Brewer, General Sisters, Ramon Riley, Linda Wallen, Barbara Weissberger, and Alisha B. Wormsley. The essays will be distributed during and after her visit through several online platforms, later culminating in a printed catalog.
Elena is an artist, curator, and writer from London, England. As curatorial assistant at MOCA Cleveland, she was a contributing curator to the exhibition How to Remain Human (Megan Lykins Reich and Rose Bouthillier). She organized the recent sound installation Fatima Al Qadiri: Chinas of the Mind and worked on a wide range of projects including Jessica Eaton: Wild Permutations (all 2015); Kirk Mangus: Things Love; and the off-site performance Kevin Beasley: And in My Dream I Was Rolling on the Floor (both 2014). She is a co-author of the How to Remain Human catalog, and her writing has been published by Art Practical, Daily Serving, Temporary Art Review, and in the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s journal “Urban Infill” (KSU Press). Her long running collaboration with artist and filmmaker Liz Roberts centers on the mediation of landscape and the language of self help. She is currently an artist in residence at the Kala Art institute in Berkeley, California.
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As Tereneh heads off to Kenya to make headway for next season's collaboration, I'm posting a few final pics from our collaborative show, the first installment of the Residence. Many thanks to Barbara Luderowski for providing the space. She and Michael Olijnyk have been extremely supportive and many thanks to the rest of the staff at the Mattress Factory, particularly Misha Cannon and Owen Smith. Please stay tuned for the next visitor, artist and curator, Elena Harvey Collins.
Many thanks for all of the coverage about the first collaborative exhibit at the Residence. Tereneh Mosley's solo and collaborative work has instigated creative ventures and innovations around the globe. It's an honor to kick things off with such an amazing woman.
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Missed the opening for Casey Droege presents Idia'Dega at the Residence? This Thursday from 7 - 8:30 pm, you can come see the show and enjoy a panel talk featuring:
Njaimeh Njie – Multimedia producer: http://www.njaimehnjie.com/
John Barbera – Architect: http://dipodcast.com/tag/john-barbera/
Kilolo Luckett – Art historian, cultural consultant, author and member of Art Commission – City of Pittsburgh:
Casey Droege – Cultural producer, artist and fashion educator:http://caseydroege.com/
Chelsa Wagner – Allegheny County Controller: http://www.alleghenycontroller.com/
Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian of Land Art Generator Initiative: http://landartgenerator.org/
Errol “Mobutu” Reynolds, Founder, Music and Sculptural Director, Mecca of Kulture & Art Gallery (MOKA): http://1839mag.com/pittsburgh/rebirth-of-the-crossroads-the-past-present-and-future-of-the-hill-district-arts-culture-community/
Show runs through March 3rd with gallery hours by appointment only.
310-312 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
I've recently been getting to know Tereneh Mosley, a Pgh-raised and internationally-based fashion designer. Tereneh's eco-design company, Idia'Dega, has been featured in publications like Martha Stewart Weddings, AFROPUNK, and Super.selected. We've been working on a project that will result in a pop-up exhibit featuring her solo work and collaborative venture with the OMWA (Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya). This is the first in my series of collaborative residencies at The Residence, 310-312 Sampsonia Way. An opening from 6-9pm on February 19th will be open to the public, along with a panel discussion from 7-8:30 on Feb. 25th. The show will run through March 3rd with gallery hours by appointment only.
Below is an excerpt from an interview that will be available during the run of the show.
CD: When did you first decide to be in the creative industries?
TM: My undergraduate degree was in business and I went into marketing after college. After years of working in advertising, I decided that it was no longer for me. I decided to let my books decide. I took an inventory of my books (I love books!), and the art, design, and fashion books won over other topics. I then decided to go back to school for design in 2004.
CD: Can you talk about the idea of an eco-design collaboration? What makes this different than seeing folks work with collectives of skilled tradeswomen in developing countries?
TM: People generally work with skilled tradespeople for their craft, not for their creativity. So the designs usually come from the designers in North America and Europe, not from artisans. There is a belief that creativity only comes from a Western perspective. With the work I am doing, I am collaborating with the artisans, and we are designing together. I don't dictate what happens. I don't tell them to, "Just put the beads here." It’s a collaboration.
CD: You've been courting the Oneida in New York for your next collaborative collection, what will that look like?
TM: We are going to do a collection together with the OMWA for 2017. I have no idea what it is going to look like, but I am thrilled and cannot wait to see it come together. One thing I learned from the Haudenosaunee research trip I did late last year is that you really have to respect the material, process, history, and culture. I think that will play a role in what we do together.
CD: If you could wear anything in the world (money is no object), what would it be?
TM: I would love to raid the Kyoto Costume Institutes collection in Japan. They have an amazing collection of clothes from all over the world.
I rolled down my hill the other day to visit Leah Patgorski in the 57th street studios, a beautiful old church turned studio building. Leah and I overlapped in Chicago briefly but didn't meet until years later in Pittsburgh. With a background in architecture and fibers, her work is a wonderful exploration of color, surface, and form. She often creates textile constructions using recognizable bits of garments to create abstracted sculptural moments that are really gorgeous. One of my favorite pieces was a non-functional tent made of tyvek, just big enough to call my name but without an opening to satisfy my desire to curl up inside. Enjoy a few shots from our short studio visit and stay tuned to hear more from Leah at a 2016 SIX x ATE.
This year I'll begin a new venture where curators and cultural producers will be invited to stay in Pittsburgh and create some work. Guests will spend a few days or weeks in town, meeting with artists and collaborating with me on an exhibit, lecture, dinner or other program. The Residence is a beautiful home owned by Barbara Luderowski, President and Co-Director of the Mattress Factory. Stay tuned for more info as it unfolds. First up will be Tereneh Mosley of Idia'Dega in late February.
September 28th, 6:30pm
Join in on one of the last SIX x ATE events of the year.
Featuring 5 minute talks and performances by Matthew Conboy, Sarika Goulatia, Staycee Pearl, Herman Pearl (Soy Sos), Deesha Philyaw, and Elana Schlenker.
Pizza party by Spirit Lounge and a cash bar full of specialty cocktails.
Everything begins with a conversation and SIX x ATE exists to start conversations. Now entering its fourth season, this series of food, art, and lecture continues to create a more diverse conversation and stronger creative community in Pittsburgh.
I'm excited to have Christina Lee on board this year to work as the Administrative Assistant and Design Lead. Christina has just finished work on the catalogs for 2013 and 2014, which are available here. all proceeds go to future events.
Check out images from the last event, SIX x ATE: An Arm and A Leg. Send a note if you'd like to join in on the conversation.