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The Space Between
October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Contemporary Craft’s salon-style speaker series – The Space Between – invites two local thought-leaders representing different viewpoints and backgrounds to discuss the role of creativity within their respective fields. Each event is a fascinating and buzz-worthy local cultural evening of inspiring and revealing conversation.
Our featured speakers will talk briefly about their background and the way they approach the creative process. Topics may include the concepts and themes in their work, personal connections to craft, the use of language, color, and/or movement, and individual processes and techniques. The speakers and audience will then engage in an informal discussion inspired by the presenters’ creative journeys and CC’s current socially engaged exhibition, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.
Plan to arrive early to experience the exhibition before the program begins! The Space Between is free and open to the public with a $5 donation appreciated at the door.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6 PM
Featured Speaker: ROY and David Oresick (updated 10/10/2017)
David Oresick, is the Executive Director and curator of Silver Eye Center for Photography, now located in the Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood. Silver Eye is a non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting contemporary fine-art photography and related media to inform, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and communities.
Silver Eye’s current exhibition “The Notion of Family” exhibits a selection of LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography that explore the painful effects of decades of industrial decline, poverty, and systemic racism in her hometown of Braddock, PA. Frazier grew up when most of the steel industry had left the region and the War on Drugs decimated her community, she came to use photography and art as a way to question inequality and reclaim history. “The Notion of Family” elegantly shifts from images steeped in the humanist documentary traditions of artists like Gordon Parks and Walker Evans, to the conceptual and activist practices of artists like Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula. The exhibition will run till November 18, 2017.
ROY is a Pittsburgh-based artist working mainly with metal mediums. Her work is featured in our current socially engaged art experience – Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home. Homelessness and shelter have been recurring themes in ROY’s work. The raw, handwritten words on a homeless person’s sign, and the indifference of the onlooker is of interest to her. When she incorporates a homeless person or refugee’s text in her metal tambourine sculptures, ROY hopes to reinvent the importance of their message.
ROY is also the founder of the Facebook Group Midnight Helpers, which is a Pittsburgh grassroots relief team started in 2016. The mission of Midnight Helpers is to help refugees on the Greek island of Chios and nearby islands with up-to-date specific donations. It is also a network for helping in Greece and an online news source with current reports by its members.
The Space Between is sponsored by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.