15 Minutes of Shame
Presented by Gold Standard (Droege and Corey Escoto), 15 Minutes of Shame featured a night of karaoke art works.
Artists Mary Smulland Dave Kyu (Philadelphia), Lizzy De Vita (Pittsburgh/New York), and Brette Gabel (Toronto) presentedparticipatory and performative Karaoke works throughout the night with the help of the gallery crawl audience. DeVita’s Seven Signs, Twelve Signs was a kinetic sculpture comprised od a karaoke setup, “The Sign” by Ace of Base and an unprofessional singer. As time passed, the elements settled in.
Gabel presented one hour of Quiet Karaoke, turning the volume so low, it asked participants to whisper their favorite songs in order to hear the music.
Smull and Kyu’s WORKAOKE: A Karaoke Opera was a participatory performance. Attendees were invited to sing the arc of the artist at work as it is expressed through popular song. From the fantasy of stardom to the daily grind, from the disillusionment inherent in commercialism to the reconnection to work for work's sake - all was explored through the voices of who really matters: the fans.
Comprised: Life in the Middle presented the evidence of artistic communities finding sustenance in the culturally barren landscape of Middle America. Through the guise of “ethnocuratorialism,” Gold Standard (Droege and Corey Escoto) gathered artifacts and documentation- some real and some creatively fictionalized. This exhibition presented a unique perspective of these cultural economies, providing editorialized “facts” and infographics on the positive side of choosing this lifestyle alongside paraphernalia of real projects across the country.
Extra curricular activities included a “Quilting in the HeARTland” day and closing party featuring Jérémie Buchholtz and Alexis Gideon.
In the fall of 2014, Droege curated the CMU Miller Gallery's contribution to the Pittsburgh Biennial. This collaborative city-wide exhibition project was presented by 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. The Biennial celebrates the region’s most compelling artists as well as our unique visual arts landscape.
This was a cross section of diverse, fresh-faced and multifaceted artists who have close connections to Pittsburgh. Using processes in painting, sculpture, video, and sound, these artists collect and reconfigure the data and debris of today’s world, producing works with a fresh perspective. Throughout the exhibition, a rotating roster of presentations featured innovative experiments in dance, social practice, performance, and more. The exhibition aimed to present the wide range of approaches to art making present in Pittsburgh, provoking viewers beyond a “pedestrian” reality without fully giving way to fantasy, as each artist spoke in their own way to the dynamics between the quotidian and the cosmic, the social and the spectacular, the local and the global.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOM LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHY