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CSA PGH Artists Spotlight: Jennifer Meridian, Barbara Weissberger, and Alisha Wormsley

CDCP would like to congratulate CSA PGH 2014 artists Jennifer Meridian, Barbara Weissberger, and Alicia Wormsley for their successful exhibitions and projects!

Jennifer Meridian

Jennifer Meridian has been hard at work on her The Other Border Wall collaborative project. Phase 2 of the project just launched this past January and received funding by the Opportunity Fund through Pittsburgh Filmmakers. We would like to congratulate Meridian for receiving this grant, and are very excited to see how this project continues. 

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For the 2014 CSA PGH series, Jennifer Meridian created a series of photographic prints detailing the transformation of a sculptural object. Each photograph in the series is unique; a short video documenting the transformation of the piece is available to see here. The series is still available for purchase at the CSA PGH website. Meridian is a visual artist and teacher whose practice is rooted in the fundamental principle that art transforms and saves people's lives, including her own. She describes herself as a "storyteller who follows flux and finds form." Her work moves between two distinct trajectories: as a studio artist and as a director of private and public performances.

Barbara Weissberger

Barbara Weissberger pop-up window installation, My Own Cozy Homemade Void, is currently on view at placeholder.show, 215 North Ave, Millvale, PA, 15209 until March 1st and possibly longer.

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For the 2014 CSA Series, Barbara Weissberger made an editioned photographic print of a collage formation created from everyday materials. The print is still available for sale online at our website. Weissberger's images grow out of improvisation and the pleasure of working with materials. Play is central to her process. The writer Sherrie Flick described the idiosyncratic mix of elements in her work as "stacked and wrapped - harmoniously, improbably, united in their disparity."

Alisha Wormsley

Alisha Wormsley recently had the premiere of her film The People Are the Light at the Carnegie Museum of Art in December, 2017. In addition to the film, Wormsley exhibited a corresponding photographic series, which exhibited earlier in September-October 2017 at CMOA.

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For the 2014 CSA Series, Alisha Wormsley created a series of afrofuturist creations and sculptures in the form of found object talismans for the 2014 Half Share. Wormsley stays involved in the process at all times. If she is not in her studio working on her own projects, she is traveling, teaching, or working on some other aspect of the art making process, extending the art-making community. Presently, she is in between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, writing grants, teaching and working on several personal projects including a children's book on the environmental crisis and music.

CSA PGH Artist Spotilight: Lenka Clayton and David Bernabo

David Bernabo

We are very excited about CSA PGH 2013 artist David Bernabo's many upcoming events throughout Pittsburgh. Click here to see all the many places Bernabo will be showcasing his work in music and film.

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David Bernabo is a filmmaker, musician, dancer, visual artist, and writer. For the 2013 CSA Series, Bernabo created a lathe cut record, which contained a piece of spoken word and sung text, percussion, and electronics. He curates and produces work for the Ongoing Box imprint and co-curates the Lightlab Performance Series with slowdanger.

Lenka Clayton

Lenka Clayton's piece Qaeda, quality, question, quickly, quickly, quiet was a part of our current exhibit Mingle/Mangle, which is closing this weekend. Come join us for our Closing Event this Saturday February 24 at 1pm and get a chance to see and hear Clayton's piece. Our gallery will also be open Friday, February 23 from noon-7pm if you would like to check it out then.

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Lenka Clayton is an artist and founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood. Her interdisciplinary work considers, exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. For the 2013 CSA Series, Clayton deconstructed a shirt owned by Andy Warhol. The 57 pieces were packaged and archived for each 2013 CSA shareholder. Every person received a small box including a portion of the shirt, a certificate of authenticity and a small needle and thread if the group desired to sew the shirt back together.  

Give the Gift of Fresh, Locally-made ART

Keep CSA PGH in mind this holiday season! Looking for a unique gift for the budding art collector? Want to give the ultimate holiday open house present? Feel the itch to support local artists? Just need to treat yourself? Only four shares remain of the CSA PGH 2017 and now is your chance to buy fresh, local art.

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Each 2017 share includes six exclusive, editioned artworks from the following artists:  Kevin ClancySarika GoulatiaMark Franchino with Jeremy BoyleSeth LeDonneJohn Peña, and Imin Yeh.

Come in person to pick up your share during gallery hours on Fridays from 12pm - 7pm and Saturdays 12pm - 5pm. The current CSA PGH 2017 share is on view in the gallery, along with individual works still in stock from past seasons.

Crowds Connect with Local Artists at the CSA PGH Small Mall

*All photos from Sean Carroll

The CSA PGH Small Mall successfully connected attendees of the September 22nd Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl with a variety of local artists that we are proud to feature in the CSA PGH programming - and a few new friends! #GallerycrawlPGH-ers bought unique artworks, snacked on tasty treats from our food trucks (@thepickledchefcompany & @lapalapapgh), and enjoyed opportunities for art experiences from Angela Love’s ‘Almost Polite’ caricatures and The Nose Exchange by Edith Abeyta (CSA PGH 2015 Artist) to the #montageanimal Selfie Booth by Barbara Weissberger (CSA PGH 2014 Artist) and Aaron Henderson.

 

 

Pittsburgh-based artist  Reiko Yamamoto (CSA PGH 2015 Artist)  stands proudly with her modern, versatile and functional pottery and jewelry.

Pittsburgh-based artist Reiko Yamamoto (CSA PGH 2015 Artist) stands proudly with her modern, versatile and functional pottery and jewelry.

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Attendees admire works by Pittsburgh artist, Seth LeDonne (CSA PGH 2017 Artist).

Attendees admire works by Pittsburgh artist, Seth LeDonne (CSA PGH 2017 Artist).

Conversations with  John Peña (CSA PGH 2017 Artist) : face-to-face and suspended on wooden legs, as word balloon sculptures.

Conversations with John Peña (CSA PGH 2017 Artist): face-to-face and suspended on wooden legs, as word balloon sculptures.

‘Almost Polite’ Caricatures by artist Angela Love

‘Almost Polite’ Caricatures by artist Angela Love

Jayla Patton interacting with Small Mall shoppers at SPACE Gallery.

Jayla Patton interacting with Small Mall shoppers at SPACE Gallery.

Picking out a favorite portrait from  Lizzee Solomon (CSA PGH 2015) 's works.

Picking out a favorite portrait from Lizzee Solomon (CSA PGH 2015)'s works.

YOUR 21ST CENTURY NEEDS AND DESIRES:   Publications and Paintings offered by  Jennifer Meridian (CSA PGH 2014 Artist) .

YOUR 21ST CENTURY NEEDS AND DESIRES:

Publications and Paintings offered by Jennifer Meridian (CSA PGH 2014 Artist).

Thanks again to all of our participating artists and to the #GalleryCrawlPGH shoppers!