Expanded Pittsburgh Biennial plans exhibits in 5 sites


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The artists have been announced for the first Pittsburgh Biennial to span four major city arts institutions and five venues since the exhibition was initiated in 1994 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

The 2011 Biennial will open in two phases in June and September. The launch will be a reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. June 10 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and from 8 to 11 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Carnegie Museum of Art will follow June 17. The second phase comprises Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, opening Sept. 16, and The Andy Warhol Museum, Sept. 17.

The artists and cooperatives are mainly drawn from the region and most out-of-towners have Pittsburgh roots or connections. They were chosen by Adam Welch, curator, PCA/PF, for the center; Dan Byers, associate curator of contemporary art, for the Carnegie; Astria Suparak, director and curator, for the Miller; Eric Shiner, acting director and curator, for The Warhol; and by all four for Filmmakers.

Artists, their medium, and location:

PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Jacob Ciocci -- video, performance, installation; founding member of the Paper Rad artist collective; Pittsburgher currently living in New York City.

Thea Augustina Eck -- artist, researcher; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mark Franchino -- object and installation-based art; curator and educator at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion.

Paul LeRoy Gehres (aka Lucky LeRoy, VIP Paul and LeRoy King of Art) -- installation; Pittsburgh.

Jennifer Gooch -- installation; musician, Pittsburgh.

Christopher Kardambikis -- drawing, painting, bookmaking; co-founder of Encyclopedia Destructica; Pittsburgh, currently living in San Diego.

William Kofmehl III -- performance, installation; Pittsburgh.

Luke Loeffler -- interactive installations using graphics, hacked technology, code and sound; Pittsburgh.

Dennis Maher -- large-scale installation comprising discarded construction materials; Buffalo.

Jesse McLean -- film; Chicago.

Elizabeth Mooney -- painting, sculpture, installation; Pittsburgh.

Erika Osborne -- drawing, photography, mixed-media installation; educator, Morgantown, W.Va.

Natalie Settles -- graphite wall drawings; Pittsburgh.

Adam Shreckhise -- kinetic installation; Pittsburgh.

Joshua Space -- sculpture, light-based kinetic installation; Pittsburgh.

Gregory Witt -- kinetic sculpture and installation; PCA's 2010 Emerging Artist of the Year; Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH FILMMAKERS

Olivia Ciummo -- film, video, sound, photography; educator, lives in New York City, Pittsburgh and Edinboro, Pa.

Ben Hernstrom -- video, digital photography; founded artists video production company Ambulantic; created video series "Young Creatives," about young Pittsburgh artists and entrepreneurs; Pittsburgh.

Emily Newman -- video; St. Petersburg, Russia.

Carrie Schneider -- performance, installation--based photography, film, video; New York City.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

Peggy Ahwesh -- film, experimental video; educator; Pittsburgh native now living in upstate New York.

Stephanie Beroes -- film; her cult-classic film, "Debt Begins at Twenty," chronicles the 1980s Pittsburgh punk scene; New York City.

Brandon Boan -- ceramics, performance, installation; Pittsburgh.

Lenka Clayton -- film, sculpture, installation; United Kingdom.

Ed Eberle -- ceramics, sculpture, drawing; educator; Pittsburgh.

Fabrizio Gerbino -- painting, sculpture, drawing, site-specific installation; Pittsburgh.

Jamie Gruzska -- painting, photography, printmaking; educator; Pittsburgh.

Zak Prekop -- painting; Pittsburgher currently living in New York City.

Frank Santoro -- alternative comics and graphic novels; his "Storyville" is a poetic evocation of 19th-century Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh.

THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM

Elise Adibi -- painting; educator and curator of last year's "Gold in Braddock"; New York City.

Lilith Bailey-Kroll -- artist, yoga teacher, social entrepreneur; Pittsburgh.

Kim Beck -- drawing, printmaking, painting, installation; Pittsburgh.

Patricia Bellan-Gillen -- drawing, painting, printmaking; educator, Burgettstown.

Cara Erskine -- collage, painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, performance; Pittsburgh.

Dara Birnbaum -- seminal figure of the New York video art movement; New York City.

T. Foley -- interactive installation, video, public art; educator, Pittsburgh.

Jill Freedman -- photography, New York City.

Amisha Gadani -- drawing, video, kinetic wearables; Pittsburgh.

Vanessa Louise German -- photography, poetry, sculpture, installation; actress and designer, Pittsburgh.

Deborah Kass -- painting; New York City.

Eileen Lewis -- photography; Pittsburgh.

Jill Miller -- photography, text, performance, video, installation; San Francisco.

Ayanah Moor -- conceptual artist; educator, Pittsburgh,

Dulce Pinzon -- photography; Mexico and Brooklyn.

Madelyn Roehrig -- photography, video; educator; documents people who talk to Andy Warhol at his gravesite; Pittsburgh.

LaToya Ruby Frazier -- photography, film; curator, educator; Braddock native living in New Brunswick, N.J.

Diane Samuels -- monumentally detailed site-specific public art projects; Pittsburgh.

Karen Seapker -- painting; Philadelphia.

Renee Stout -- sculpture, installation, photography; Pittsburgh native living in Washington, D.C.

Alisha B. Wormsley -- installation, photography, public art; writer, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn.

MILLER GALLERY AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative -- portfolios and graphics, sculptural installation, wheatpaste on the streets. A decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental and political stance. Founded in 1998, moved its base from Portland, Ore., to Pittsburgh in 2010.

Lize Mogel, Sarah Ross and Ryan Griffis -- Mogel: interdisciplinary artist, New York City. Ross: sculpture, video, photography, Chicago. Griffis: objects and publications that facilitate public encounters, Chicago. They will collaborate on an exhibit.

subRosa -- open-ended interactive environments. A mutable (cyber) feminist art collective, founded in 1998, combining art, social activism and politics to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio-technologies on women's bodies, lives and work. Pittsburgh and Providence, R.I.

Temporary Services -- Brett Bloom, Marc Fischer and Salem Collo-Julin: artist/curators who have since 1998 produced exhibitions, events, projects and publications with an emphasis on the social context in which art is received; Chicago and Copenhagen.

Transformazium -- Ruthie Stringer, Dana Bishop-Root, Leslie Stem and Caledonia Curry: artists who have since 2001 carried out public, inter-activist, spectacle and socially engaged projects. Originally based in New York, they relocated to Braddock in 2007.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.


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