Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Mattress Factory: Inner Outer Space April 25 2008

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 25, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM $10.00 (FREE for members)

Nine contemporary artists will break new ground – metaphorically and physically – in an upcoming exhibition that will test the limitations and possibilities of the Mattress Factory’s galleries. Inner and Outer Space, organized by New York-based independent curator Dara Meyers-Kingsley, will open on April 25, 2008 and continue through January 11, 2009.

The artists, who hail from six countries, include Luca Buvoli, Daniel Canogar, David Ellis, Mark Garry, Yumi Kori, Sarah Oppenheimer, Tavares Strachan, Allison Smith, and Mary Temple.

The installations will defy the two-dimensional surfaces of each gallery by penetrating the walls and floors, offering new perceptions of “actual” space – rupturing notions of “here” and “now.” Collectively, these artists’ works employ a great variety of materials, from hand-made crafts to fiber optics, from painting to electronic projection, from simple string to advanced robotics.

Many have taken the Mattress Factory’s permanent installations, notably those by James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama that share the building, as inspiration.

Inner and Outer Space includes projects that investigate the personal and collective experience of time and space; the experience of travel and flight, gravity and speed, and visual and sensory perception. The works illuminate the interplay of relationships that coexist between the private/interior, public/exterior, social/political and human/natural/cosmic realms.

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way.The Museum parking lot is located at 505 Jacksonia Street.

The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary artthat exhibits room-sized works called installations. Createdon site by artists from across the country and around theworld, our unique exhibitions feature a variety of media that engage all of the senses.

The Museum's unusual galleries are located in two creatively reused buildings on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. Both buildings house a growing-and distinctive- permanent collection, featuringartists James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Winifred Lutz and Rolf Julius, as well as innovative exhibitions that change throughout the year.Since 1977, the Mattress Factory has supported over 300 artists through our world-renowned residency program. Each year artists come to Pittsburgh, live at the museum, and create new work. During their time here, the museum supports themcompletely while they experiment, take risks, and explore thecreative process.Each exhibition is paired with a variety of engaging andinventive educational programs including hands-on art projects,workshops, lectures, and tours. The Mattress Factory encourages all viewers, regardless of their background, todiscover connections between art, creativity and theireveryday lives.

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