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Eight Solo Exhibits for Winter 2011

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) announces eight solo shows – including an exhibit by Carnegie Mellon University professor Golan Levin – on view February 11 through March 20, 2011. An opening reception* will be held on Friday evening, February 11 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. It is open to the public; $5 donation requested; free to PF/PCA members. The exhibition offers a wide range of visual works in a variety of mediums from regional artists.

Through performances, sdigital artifacts, and virtual environments, Golan Levin's art applies creative twists to digital technologies, highlighting human connections with machines. At CMU, Levin is an Associate Professor of Electronic Art, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Design. He was recently named Director of the Studio for Creative Inquiry.  In this exhibit his audiovisual work explores the intersection of art, science and technology.  

Levin will give an Artist Talk
on March 3 at 6:00pm.

The following exhibits were chosen from the annual call for solo/collaborative artists:

Motherlands, by Heidi Bender
Bender, currently the resident artist at Good Earth farm in Athens, Ohio, investigates the effect of technological globalization on the forming and keeping of personal relationships in her installations. She incorporates found maps, desks, scissors, performance and audio recordings in the works.

Ruination, by Seth Clark
Clark moved to Pittsburgh two years ago, and the Massachusetts native finds inspiration in the row houses and giant abandoned factories of the Steel City.  In his new series of drawings, materials such as paint, paper, charcoal and found objects are layered to create depth and reflect a structural decay of the architecture around him.

Midway, by Aaron Henderson
Henderson presents video installations from footage captured at state and county fairs in Indiana and South Carolina. The multi-channel videos examine the impromptu performances, staged competitions and visceral revelations that attendees experience while riding carnival rides.  Well acquainted with movement, Henderson threw himself into walls and off platforms for STREB Extreme Action, an acrobatic performance company. Currently, he's an Assistant Professor in Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Space Between, by Anna E. Mikolay
Mikolay is a Western PA artist with a studio at Unsmoke Systems in Braddock. She 
is creating a visual metaphor in her paintings, while exploring how the mind works – the wide gamut of multi tasking, making associations, shifting thoughts, and the calmness of a mind that has been quieted.

Pleasant Momentum, by Ian Page
Page is a Pittsburgh-based sculptor and videomaker. The installations and videos in this show play with the trajectory of flesh and technology. Page is interested in the cultural understanding of tissue as a measurement device for technology: the malleability of flesh juxtaposed with the rigidity of technology.

Rodin, by Henry J. Simonds
Pittsburgh-based writer, editor, producer and photographer presents Rodin, a series of 10 photographic images taken at the Musée Rodin in Paris.  He reinterprets Rodin's iconic sculpture in his images, taken with a handheld Canon PowerShot at 1600 ASA and a very wide f-stop, creating a solarized effect that gives an ethereal quality to these leaden bronze and marble sculptures.

Rare Is the New Medium, by Gerald Van Scyoc
Ohio-based artist Gerald Van Scyoc has been painting for more than 20 years, but has also worked in video and graphic design. About this exhibit he says, “It’s a fun play on words but it can also be read as saying that, in this show of mostly traditional oil on canvas paintings, the 'new' mediums are rare. I see my work, especially the current pieces, as giant Rorschach blots.”

*Also at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts during the opening reception on Feb. 11:

Animation, photography, video, and life drawing workshops are held every Friday night, 6:00 – 9:00.  The cost is $8; $5 if enrolled in a PCA class; food and drinks are provided; no rsvp required.

On February 11 the public can try their hand at making a clay bowl with the assistance of PCA members and staff. Empty Bowls is an annual fundraising event that supports the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest. 


Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is located at 6300 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh Filmmakers is located at 477 Melwood Ave. For more information, call 412-361-0873.