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RIOT GRRRL CENSUS

A public survey and expanded oral history of the lasting impact, intergenerational and global, of the Riot Grrrl movement.

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RIOT GRRRL CENSUS

A public survey and expanded oral history of the lasting impact, intergenerational and global, of the Riot Grrrl movement.

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Art Info announces ICI Curatorial Award Nominees including Suparak

“If you’re betting on who will make up the next set of influential international curators, this list could make you rich.”

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Art Info announces ICI Curatorial Award Nominees including Suparak

“If you’re betting on who will make up the next set of influential international curators, this list could make you rich.”

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Observer’s Gallerist announces Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominees including Suparak

“Independent Curators International has announced the nominees for its 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award, a prize given biennially that rewards emerging and mid-career curators who have shown, in a recently curated project or exhibition, according to a released statement, ‘exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research and related writing.'”

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Observer’s Gallerist announces Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominees including Suparak

“Independent Curators International has announced the nominees for its 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award, a prize given biennially that rewards emerging and mid-career curators who have shown, in a recently curated project or exhibition, according to a released statement, ‘exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research and related writing.'”

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“Best of 2011: Culture Award” for Pittsburgh Biennial

“Best Super-Friends Imitation on the Art Scene: The Pittsburgh Biennial… The result was an ambitious and audacious survey of area artists”

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“Best of 2011: Culture Award” for Pittsburgh Biennial

“Best Super-Friends Imitation on the Art Scene: The Pittsburgh Biennial… The result was an ambitious and audacious survey of area artists”

Hyperallergic
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Hyperallergic review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“A visually and conceptually stunning exhibition that reinvigorates awareness of the problems that afflict the world today.”

Hyperallergic
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Hyperallergic review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“A visually and conceptually stunning exhibition that reinvigorates awareness of the problems that afflict the world today.”

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City Paper review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“But in this multi-lensed vision of Pittsburgh’s art scene [the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial], perhaps no facet has been as ambitious as the Miller show, curated by gallery director Astria Suparak. Comprised of work by five teams of artists, the show focuses on groups approaching social issues, community life and transformation through art-initiated criticism”

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City Paper review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“But in this multi-lensed vision of Pittsburgh’s art scene [the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial], perhaps no facet has been as ambitious as the Miller show, curated by gallery director Astria Suparak. Comprised of work by five teams of artists, the show focuses on groups approaching social issues, community life and transformation through art-initiated criticism”

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Post-Gazette review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“Well thought-out installations that synthesize complex subjects… [The exhibition] has become even more timely seen within the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its advocacy for cultural examination and social change.”

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Post-Gazette review of 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial

“Well thought-out installations that synthesize complex subjects… [The exhibition] has become even more timely seen within the context of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its advocacy for cultural examination and social change.”

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NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES

The book includes meditations, interviews, diagrams, letters and manifestos on maker culture, hacking, artist research, distributed creativity, and technological and speculative design.

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NEW ART/SCIENCE AFFINITIES

The book includes meditations, interviews, diagrams, letters and manifestos on maker culture, hacking, artist research, distributed creativity, and technological and speculative design.

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2011 PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL

These projects demonstrate the strength of collective voices in deciding the future of neighborhoods, cities, nations, and societies, and the importance of intimate conversations and compassionate listening.

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2011 PITTSBURGH BIENNIAL

These projects demonstrate the strength of collective voices in deciding the future of neighborhoods, cities, nations, and societies, and the importance of intimate conversations and compassionate listening.

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Associated Press article on NFL fans and Whatever It Takes

Published widely and internationally, including ABC News, CBS, ESPN, Forbes, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, NBC Sports, NPR, Salon.com, Seattle Times, SF Examiner, SF Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, Yahoo! News

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Associated Press article on NFL fans and Whatever It Takes

Published widely and internationally, including ABC News, CBS, ESPN, Forbes, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, NBC Sports, NPR, Salon.com, Seattle Times, SF Examiner, SF Chronicle, USA Today, Washington Post, Yahoo! News

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Art Papers reviews Whatever It Takes

“The gallery mediates a sort of creative sublimation of fandom, with its inimitable rawness and verve.”

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Art Papers reviews Whatever It Takes

“The gallery mediates a sort of creative sublimation of fandom, with its inimitable rawness and verve.”

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“Best Crossover Art Exhibit of 2010” for Whatever It Takes

“Whatever It Takes features Steelers tattoos, fan garb, homemade football shrines … everything you can imagine and some things you can’t. Visitors are invited to consider Steelers fandom in light of working-class identity and the desire for stability during periods of economic upheaval. Or they can just think about how much ass Jack “Splat” Lambert used to kick.”

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“Best Crossover Art Exhibit of 2010” for Whatever It Takes

“Whatever It Takes features Steelers tattoos, fan garb, homemade football shrines … everything you can imagine and some things you can’t. Visitors are invited to consider Steelers fandom in light of working-class identity and the desire for stability during periods of economic upheaval. Or they can just think about how much ass Jack “Splat” Lambert used to kick.”

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THE YES MEN ACTIVITY BOOK

Features activity items and other projects, essays, an interview, a poster, and full-color illustrations.

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THE YES MEN ACTIVITY BOOK

Features activity items and other projects, essays, an interview, a poster, and full-color illustrations.

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TEMPORARY TATTOOS OF REAL FAN TATTOOS

With these temporary tattoos you aren’t just wearing some of the finest Steeler tattoos found in Pittsburgh tattoo parlors and at Steelers games, but you can also “wear” another person’s nipples, moles, and body hair if you choose.

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TEMPORARY TATTOOS OF REAL FAN TATTOOS

With these temporary tattoos you aren’t just wearing some of the finest Steeler tattoos found in Pittsburgh tattoo parlors and at Steelers games, but you can also “wear” another person’s nipples, moles, and body hair if you choose.

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New York Times feature on Whatever It Takes

NY Times Sports’ #1 Most Emailed Article for two days. “An exhibit that explores the culture of Steelers Nation and the personal relationship between the team and its fans.”

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New York Times feature on Whatever It Takes

NY Times Sports’ #1 Most Emailed Article for two days. “An exhibit that explores the culture of Steelers Nation and the personal relationship between the team and its fans.”

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Newcity Review of Keep It Slick

“Most of all, the exhibition, titled Keep It Slick, is hands-on and human-sized enough to encourage all of us to be Yes Men, which may be the biggest lesson this show has to offer: we can be agents of positive social change, and Keep It Slick is a beginners manual.”

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Newcity Review of Keep It Slick

“Most of all, the exhibition, titled Keep It Slick, is hands-on and human-sized enough to encourage all of us to be Yes Men, which may be the biggest lesson this show has to offer: we can be agents of positive social change, and Keep It Slick is a beginners manual.”

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Tribune-Review front page story on Whatever It Takes

“It’s a shrine to Steeler mania and a testament to the fans’ intensely personal relationship with the team”

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Tribune-Review front page story on Whatever It Takes

“It’s a shrine to Steeler mania and a testament to the fans’ intensely personal relationship with the team”

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ABC Action News on Whatever It Takes

In the Top News segment for two news cycles. “Whatever It Takes features some of the most dedicated and unique aspects of the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, the Steeler Nation”

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ABC Action News on Whatever It Takes

In the Top News segment for two news cycles. “Whatever It Takes features some of the most dedicated and unique aspects of the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans, the Steeler Nation”

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City Paper cover story on Whatever It Takes

“Art of the Steel: A New CMU Exhibit Celebrates Steelers Fandom”

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City Paper cover story on Whatever It Takes

“Art of the Steel: A New CMU Exhibit Celebrates Steelers Fandom”

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SUPER BOWL RING GLOVES

You, too, can wear all the Super Bowl rings that the Pittsburgh Steelers have won, with these custom-made, handknit gloves.

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SUPER BOWL RING GLOVES

You, too, can wear all the Super Bowl rings that the Pittsburgh Steelers have won, with these custom-made, handknit gloves.

Whatever It Takes Poster
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WHATEVER IT TAKES: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions

The first major gallery exhibition to present sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production, bridging the assumed gap between sports and the arts.

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Whatever It Takes Poster
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WHATEVER IT TAKES: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions

The first major gallery exhibition to present sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production, bridging the assumed gap between sports and the arts.

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STEELER NATION MAP

This is a new map of the world representing Steeler Nation, where countries that don’t have a fan base for the Pittsburgh NFL team don’t exist.

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STEELER NATION MAP

This is a new map of the world representing Steeler Nation, where countries that don’t have a fan base for the Pittsburgh NFL team don’t exist.

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Texas Observer on Keep It Slick

“Keep It Slick features video of the group’s elaborate agitprop gags, manipulated newspaper headlines and fast-food logos, and interactive ‘conference rooms’ where visitors can read the script of a ‘real’ Yes Men hoax.”

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Texas Observer on Keep It Slick

“Keep It Slick features video of the group’s elaborate agitprop gags, manipulated newspaper headlines and fast-food logos, and interactive ‘conference rooms’ where visitors can read the script of a ‘real’ Yes Men hoax.”

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Artforum Critic’s Pick of Keep It Slick

“The Yes Men’s ability to seamlessly blend with and subvert corporate identities engages the public to envision a more just world of commercial and governmental responsibility… The logic behind ‘Keep It Slick’ runs contrary to most exhibitions. Instead of affirming the artists’ originality or craftsmanship, this show is intended to motivate ordinary citizens to themselves become Yes Men through DIY activism and infiltration.”

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Artforum Critic’s Pick of Keep It Slick

“The Yes Men’s ability to seamlessly blend with and subvert corporate identities engages the public to envision a more just world of commercial and governmental responsibility… The logic behind ‘Keep It Slick’ runs contrary to most exhibitions. Instead of affirming the artists’ originality or craftsmanship, this show is intended to motivate ordinary citizens to themselves become Yes Men through DIY activism and infiltration.”

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Houston Press on Keep It Slick

“The Yes Men’s canny mimicry of business culture is on display in their mock boardroom with running PowerPoint presentations, bad paneling, motivational posters and bottles of Bhopal water.”

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Houston Press on Keep It Slick

“The Yes Men’s canny mimicry of business culture is on display in their mock boardroom with running PowerPoint presentations, bad paneling, motivational posters and bottles of Bhopal water.”

Contestational Cartographies brochure
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CONTESTATIONAL CARTOGRAPHIES Symposium

A three-day symposium introducing the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research.

Contestational Cartographies brochure
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CONTESTATIONAL CARTOGRAPHIES Symposium

A three-day symposium introducing the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research.

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Art Papers reviews Keep It Slick

“A timely acknowledgment of the work of Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, two of the great social satirists of our time… The exhibition’s pointed installation hits it just right. Rather than mold The Yes Men’s activist artwork into a discreet, restrained presentation, Suparak gets into its spirit—both its serious underbelly and its consciously foppish exterior”

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Art Papers reviews Keep It Slick

“A timely acknowledgment of the work of Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, two of the great social satirists of our time… The exhibition’s pointed installation hits it just right. Rather than mold The Yes Men’s activist artwork into a discreet, restrained presentation, Suparak gets into its spirit—both its serious underbelly and its consciously foppish exterior”

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Post-Gazette on Suparak’s appointment at CMU gallery

“Her appointment and programming are also signals from CMU that it’s moving full throttle into a leadership role among university and alternative galleries.”

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Post-Gazette on Suparak’s appointment at CMU gallery

“Her appointment and programming are also signals from CMU that it’s moving full throttle into a leadership role among university and alternative galleries.”

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City Paper reviews Keep It Slick

“Curator Suparak has demonstrated a knack for exhibiting the work of those who require a hyphenated addendum to the word ‘artist.'”

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City Paper reviews Keep It Slick

“Curator Suparak has demonstrated a knack for exhibiting the work of those who require a hyphenated addendum to the word ‘artist.'”

Keep It Slick Poster
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KEEP IT SLICK: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men

The first major exhibition of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group. Dubbed “the most prescient show of the year” by Paper City and “a timely acknowledgment of the work of […] the great social satirists of our time” by Art Papers.

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KEEP IT SLICK: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men

The first major exhibition of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group. Dubbed “the most prescient show of the year” by Paper City and “a timely acknowledgment of the work of […] the great social satirists of our time” by Art Papers.

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City Paper feature on Your Town, Inc.

“This and other revelations about the afterlives of closed big-box retailers are the subject of Your Town, Inc., a new exhibition of work by artist Julia Christensen”

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City Paper feature on Your Town, Inc.

“This and other revelations about the afterlives of closed big-box retailers are the subject of Your Town, Inc., a new exhibition of work by artist Julia Christensen”

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Rhizome interviews Suparak

“Your style of independent curating was noticeably different: your interest in emerging artists, non-traditional exhibition spaces and video and media art set you apart.”

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Rhizome interviews Suparak

“Your style of independent curating was noticeably different: your interest in emerging artists, non-traditional exhibition spaces and video and media art set you apart.”

Your Town poster
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YOUR TOWN, INC.: Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen

Photographs and new installation work examine how communities are changing in the shadow of corporate real estate.

Your Town poster
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YOUR TOWN, INC.: Big Box Reuse with Julia Christensen

Photographs and new installation work examine how communities are changing in the shadow of corporate real estate.

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City Paper on Suparak’s appointment at CMU’s Miller Gallery

“Suparak made her name as a globetrotting independent curator. Now she’s parked at CMU; her hiring, in March, makes her arguably the biggest underground art star to move to Pittsburgh in years.”

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City Paper on Suparak’s appointment at CMU’s Miller Gallery

“Suparak made her name as a globetrotting independent curator. Now she’s parked at CMU; her hiring, in March, makes her arguably the biggest underground art star to move to Pittsburgh in years.”

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Other Exhibitions at Miller Gallery

Other exhibitions, events, residencies organized for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, 2008 – 2014.

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Other Exhibitions at Miller Gallery

Other exhibitions, events, residencies organized for Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery, 2008 – 2014.

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IN PURSUIT OF NORTHERN LIGHTS: Tracking Canada’s Living Cinema

“These artists, working at the forefront of contemporary cinematic performance across Canada, represent two tendencies of a multivalent, transnational, projector-based screen practice. Both Boyle and Barrow orchestrate overhead projectors, hand-drawn and live animation, and their own shadows to realize fantastical vignettes and comic book narratives. Alternatively, Lemieux and MacKenzie manipulate hand-processed, self-shot, and found footage film in their formalist projector performances that entertain the potential for technical failure.”

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IN PURSUIT OF NORTHERN LIGHTS: Tracking Canada’s Living Cinema

“These artists, working at the forefront of contemporary cinematic performance across Canada, represent two tendencies of a multivalent, transnational, projector-based screen practice. Both Boyle and Barrow orchestrate overhead projectors, hand-drawn and live animation, and their own shadows to realize fantastical vignettes and comic book narratives. Alternatively, Lemieux and MacKenzie manipulate hand-processed, self-shot, and found footage film in their formalist projector performances that entertain the potential for technical failure.”

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C Magazine feature on Suparak’s curatorial practice

“What Suparak has done for me is to restore my sense that cool can work as a powerful rhetorical device… She uses her personal voice and her institutional power to give permission to speak to those who might not have believed they had it.”

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C Magazine feature on Suparak’s curatorial practice

“What Suparak has done for me is to restore my sense that cool can work as a powerful rhetorical device… She uses her personal voice and her institutional power to give permission to speak to those who might not have believed they had it.”

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Fanzine feature on Come On and controversy

“The fact is that Suparak did curate contextually strong exhibitions. This is why she had a following. This is why the Warehouse was widely hailed as a success… Suparak was exceedingly capable of creating a context for challenging and new work.”

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Fanzine feature on Come On and controversy

“The fact is that Suparak did curate contextually strong exhibitions. This is why she had a following. This is why the Warehouse was widely hailed as a success… Suparak was exceedingly capable of creating a context for challenging and new work.”

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NPR-affiliate WAER on Suparak

“She’s fast developing a signature style for exciting, witty and synergistic group exhibits”

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NPR-affiliate WAER on Suparak

“She’s fast developing a signature style for exciting, witty and synergistic group exhibits”

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Canadian Art review of Faux Naturel

“Given my prejudices, I found Faux Naturel – a group show celebrating some of the many wonderful ways artists have contrived to recreate woodland splendours, but without all the mucky bits – just my kind of walk in the park… Faux Naturel reminded the sensible viewer (and me) that, exotic and mysterious as nature may be, it’s best left to its own devices.”

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Canadian Art review of Faux Naturel

“Given my prejudices, I found Faux Naturel – a group show celebrating some of the many wonderful ways artists have contrived to recreate woodland splendours, but without all the mucky bits – just my kind of walk in the park… Faux Naturel reminded the sensible viewer (and me) that, exotic and mysterious as nature may be, it’s best left to its own devices.”

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Post-Standard reviews Come On

“Provocative, original work that is sure to grab your attention and occasionally push you to the edge of discomfort… For some, it takes a shock to light the fires of contemplation.”

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Post-Standard reviews Come On

“Provocative, original work that is sure to grab your attention and occasionally push you to the edge of discomfort… For some, it takes a shock to light the fires of contemplation.”

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COME ON: Desire Under the Female Gaze

This exhibition focuses on the psychological, social, cultural and political dimensions of desire, subjectivity, and pleasure.

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COME ON: Desire Under the Female Gaze

This exhibition focuses on the psychological, social, cultural and political dimensions of desire, subjectivity, and pleasure.

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WINTER LIGHT screening

Winter Light revels in the fleeting aesthetics of winter, presenting works that document ice melting, crystals forming, stars twinkling, birds migrating, surreal dreaming, the loss of consciousness and the warmth of a flame.

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WINTER LIGHT screening

Winter Light revels in the fleeting aesthetics of winter, presenting works that document ice melting, crystals forming, stars twinkling, birds migrating, surreal dreaming, the loss of consciousness and the warmth of a flame.

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SYRACUSE MOUNTAINS

A full-scale graph / “mountain range” mural charting the snowfall in Syracuse over the last half century, and mounds of deicers which “melted” as winter outside progressed and visitors inside took away samples.

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SYRACUSE MOUNTAINS

A full-scale graph / “mountain range” mural charting the snowfall in Syracuse over the last half century, and mounds of deicers which “melted” as winter outside progressed and visitors inside took away samples.

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EMBRACING WINTER

This exhibition celebrates crystallized precipitation as the key to a delightful set of activities, and as an ephemeral filter to make ordinary surroundings new again.

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EMBRACING WINTER

This exhibition celebrates crystallized precipitation as the key to a delightful set of activities, and as an ephemeral filter to make ordinary surroundings new again.

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IN ADVANCE OF SNOW

Interactive project inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s readymade “In Advance of the Broken Arm.” As a munificent reversal of this historic Dadaist work, the display is rendered useful again, allowing visitors to borrow the commercially made tools from an art gallery in the deepest winter months.

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IN ADVANCE OF SNOW

Interactive project inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s readymade “In Advance of the Broken Arm.” As a munificent reversal of this historic Dadaist work, the display is rendered useful again, allowing visitors to borrow the commercially made tools from an art gallery in the deepest winter months.

Faux Naturel postcard; image: detail from "Space Garden" by Annie MacDonell
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FAUX NATUREL

These artists explore the territory delineated by the destruction of the natural world, with all its attendant themes. Entropy, redemption, apocalypse, the temptations of commercial culture, and the relationship between science and magic all emerge as motifs in this exhibition.

Faux Naturel postcard; image: detail from "Space Garden" by Annie MacDonell
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FAUX NATUREL

These artists explore the territory delineated by the destruction of the natural world, with all its attendant themes. Entropy, redemption, apocalypse, the temptations of commercial culture, and the relationship between science and magic all emerge as motifs in this exhibition.

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Other Exhibitions at Warehouse Gallery

Other exhibitions and events organized for Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, 2007 – 2008

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Other Exhibitions at Warehouse Gallery

Other exhibitions and events organized for Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery, 2007 – 2008

Puls's Xualaux
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QUANTUM LEAPS

This inspirational screening and mini-exhibition catalogues heroes, compresses history, and hallucinates futures.

Puls's Xualaux
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QUANTUM LEAPS

This inspirational screening and mini-exhibition catalogues heroes, compresses history, and hallucinates futures.

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Artforum on LTTR

“the contents of the journals do not conform easily to categories, and often blur the lines between art, criticism, and fiction… it is always a finely wrought object.”

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Artforum on LTTR

“the contents of the journals do not conform easily to categories, and often blur the lines between art, criticism, and fiction… it is always a finely wrought object.”