Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to Preseny PSYCHIC PANIC at SPACE, 5/16-6/29

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to Preseny PSYCHIC PANIC at SPACE, 5/16-6/29

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Psychic Panic, guest organized by Olivia Ciummo. On view at the Trust's SPACE gallery May 16-June 29, 2014, the exhibition features more than 25 artworks by nine artists working in a range of media. An opening reception will take place Friday, May 16, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Psychic Panic presents recent works by artists who are concerned conceptually or formally in their practices about ideas of the body, materials, or labor. The works illustrate differing ways of envisioning the subjects, through photography, film, video, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, and are the artists' endeavors to confront the Psychic Panic, or psychological ramifications, of these themes.

"Once decoded, the artworks included in this show reveal a push/pull in the way bodies, materials, and labor present various questions about our society-an automobile being crushed, a fur-covered pipe only fit for an oligarch, a video that enacts corporate methods, an object rendered from the pathology report of a botched surgery-the question is, how do we decode it?" asks Ciummo.

Ciummo's concept for the exhibition came from an idea that labor, the body, and materials have an emotional and vague connection. Some of the works in the show directly address concepts of labor and the body, and in some ways speak to the idea that being a practitioner of art is also a form of labor, and forms of labor contort and manipulate bodies.

Olivia Ciummo, born in Pittsburgh, PA, is a filmmaker, artist, curator, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Pittsburgh Biennial; Chicago Underground Film Festival; Media City Film Festival, Windsor, ON; Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco, CA; the Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas, Montreuil, France; and Mass Art Film Society, Boston, MA. She holds an MFA in moving image from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her moving image work is distributed by The Collectif Jeune Cinéma in Paris, France, and she is the creator of the traveling video show "Cuts and Such."

Erin Leland uses photography, writing, and video to describe points of encounter, confounding perceptions of explicitness and inwardness by balancing visual frankness, linguistic direct address, and the oscillating viewpoints of arousal. Based in New York, NY, she has exhibited most recently in the group exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA, and in her solo exhibition Everything is Everything at Michael Strogoff Gallery, Marfa, TX. Her writings are published through Mercer Union and WhiteWalls in "Blast Counterblast," a 2012 compendium of artists' writing. Leland's recent photographic collages appear in the fourth issue of "Monsters & Dust," developed while in residence at the Villa Waldberta in 2013, located outside of Munich, Germany.

Derya Hanife Altan holds a BFA in integrated design from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, and an MFA in fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Descended from nomadic inhabitants of the Asian Steppe, Altan has lived and exhibited work in Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, and Istanbul, Turkey. She taught fiber arts at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edindoro, PA, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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