Thursday, April 17, 2008

Haitian Artist Guyodo Exhibit in Pittsburgh April 19,20 2008 Galerie Macondo

Haitian Artist Guyodo Exhibit in Pittsburgh this weekend. April 19, 20, 2008 from 1 to 5pm both days. 5536 Bryant St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-661-1498. Located in Highland Park.

Frantz Jacques, aka Guyodo, is an artist who lives in the neighborhood of Gran Rue in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Its a busy area, alive with the sounds of woodworkers, auto mechanics, printing presses and other small enterprises, all of which generate refuse, used up junk. Guyodo and the other ingenious artists of the Gran Rue, known collectively as Atis Rezistans collect the detritus and transform it into mystical figures which pay homage to the Gods of Haitian Vodou. There are hundreds and hundreds of these effigies standing in alleys and hanging on walls in the neighborhood; a permanent exhibit of art for the people who do not frequent museums.

On April 6th, Guyodo arrived in Pittsburgh and has been working with our junk, collected here and there. It will be interesting to see what he produces, working in a different environment, in a short period of time and with different materials. In Haiti, he works mainly with auto parts: used oil filters, gas tanks, mufflers and also salvaged building materials. In Pittsburgh it is mostly the household junk that clutters all of our houses. We will present his production on April 19 & 20.

Galerie Macondo 5536 Bryant St. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-661-1498
Located in Highland Park.

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