PUBLIC RECORD On View 9/28-11/9 at SPACE
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the presentation of Public Record, a Pittsburgh Biennial exhibition, on view September 26-November 9, 2014, at the Trust's SPACE and 707 Penn galleries. An opening reception takes place September 26, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., during the Trust's quarterly and 10th annual Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.
Public Record-a nine-person multimedia exhibition in celebration of Pittsburgh artists-explores love, absurdity, surveillance, gaming, and identity. Artists include Rafael Abreu-Canedo, Matthew Biederman (with Aljosa Abrahamsberg, Marko Peljhan, and Brian Springer), Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Paolo Pedercini, Caroline Record, Paul Rosenblatt, Martha Rial, Susanne Slavick, and Two Girls Working.
Among the Biennial installations is Paul Rosenblatt's Well Played: Paul's Vinyl Records-held in 707 Penn Gallery-which features recordings of live and electronic performances that were manufactured, marketed, sold, collected, and (well) played before the artist collected them again. Visitors to the gallery can dig through the artist's collection and play records, and an interactive component to the exhibition allows visitors to virtually "dig-in" to the collection and play records online.
Highlights at SPACE include the first presentation of Taking Stock, the second project of Two Girls Working-the artistic duo of Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. The video project presents men's responses to the question, "What do you do that makes you feel valuable?" The artists explore the long-standing stereotype of men caring only for "sex, money, sports, and gadgets," though the way men portray themselves and are portrayed by others has undoubtedly expanded.
An interactive installation is Paolo Pedercini's Leaky World, which is a video game the artist created during the international manhunt for Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief. Leaky World is a playable interpretation of Assange's essay "Conspiracy as Governance." In Leaky World Pedercini says, "The player takes the role of an abstract power, weaving a web of conspiracies and disconnecting the leaking nodes."
Also on view are works of painting, film, sculpture, audio, and works at the intersection of art and technology, such as Caroline Record's "singing, printing sculpture" She, and Matthew Biederman's group work Systemic tactical environments,a video work including President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell speech warning of the "Military Industrial Complex," and addressing current positions and politics of privacy, surveillance, and safety.