CSA PGH Artist spotlight: current exhibits featuring Lizzie Solomon, Imin Yeh, and Jeremy Boyle

Congratulations to Lizzie Solomon on her participation in the exhibit I'M NOT WITH HIM. I'M NOT WITH HIM is housed at Future Tenant and runs from June 1st through July 22nd. “I’M NOT WITH HIM” features work by Hannah Epstein, Lizzee Solomon, Katrina Majkut, Jenna Houston, and Njaimeh Njie. Their art explores feminist narratives through nontraditional mediums, such as rug-hooking, site-specific installation, photography, and cross-stitching. Most importantly, they refuse to give in to the burdens of the male gaze. Instead, they yell back at the catcaller. By subversively re-appropriating the male gaze, questioning patriarchal histories, and imbuing narratives with subjectivity, these artists create work that embraces the consequences of yelling back.

Past CSA artist Jeremy Boyle is collaborating with Mark Franchino in an exhibit at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. They will be working on a new site-specific installation that will springboard from their continuing interest in systems and their utilitarian function—invisible pathways of electrical systems, wiring, and other internal structures. Individual components of the system are rendered in wood with an emphasis on clean, almost minimalist design. That the pathways Boyle and Frachino create are may be totally meandering or redundant is evidence of their preference of design and form over function. May 11th-June 29th


Imin Yeh is currently in the show Here is something you might like to have with Paul Mullins at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts which runs from May 4th through July 8th. It is an exhibition of collaborative works that is concerned with how we converse with our pasts, and examines the correlations between wanting, reminiscence, and gift giving. The exhibition marks the physical return to a region in close proximity to both artists’ original homes and a subsequent rummaging into memories and desires of each other’s earliest art activity.  Having seemingly disparate practices that are nevertheless mutually built on a bedrock of absorption with labor and the insistence upon repetitively making by hand, the included work seeks to apply hard work towards wistful aspirations – and to make real the objects of youthful wishes.


Joy Wang