Friday, October 17, 2008

Jesse McLean and Cat Chow, Altered Meanings at MCG October 20, 2008


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(Photo above: "Diver". Jesse McLean)

October 20, 2008–January 9, 2009

Altered Meanings: Featuring works by Cat Chow & Jesse McLean
Receptions: Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.—Artist Talk with Jesse McLean and Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.—Lecture and performance by Cat Chow From recycled and reclaimed materials to familiar images, Altered Meanings explores the unique art-making processes of Cat Chow and Jesse McLean. Two, young contemporary artists, Chow and McLean both collect and repurpose to produce compelling and innovative works of art. Download the exhibition announcement!

Jesse McLean creates images by deconstructing scenes from news media and pop-culture. Replacing original content with remnants of obvious manipulation—such as the cursor or Photoshop Magic Wand selector—she questions their cause and meaning while challenging viewers’ understanding of their relationship to these popular photographs.

Cat Chow is well known for her transformation of everyday objects into wearable art. Her earlier works are fabricated from materials like dollar bills, zippers, and keys. While her new works forge the frontier of sculptural and installation art, her technique remains the same: presenting common materials in a new context that provokes reflection about social and identity issues. Read the press release!

Also as part of her work with MCG, Chow hopes to develop an ongoing project--"Keeper"--which she began in 2006. She says that she, "find[s] keys to be particularly interesting. When one no longer knows what a key unlocks, one still has a hard time parting with it. Through this project, I hope to repurpose those unwanted keys to a better end." In support of Chow's efforts to create a "constellation" of keys for a show she is planning at the Nevada Museum of Art, MCG has placed key collection boxes at both its North Shore and downtown galleries. All are encouraged to stop by and donate their unwanted keys to this new cosmic creation. Cat Chow's work at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is underwritten with support from the Citizens Bank Foundation.

Jesse McLean received her BA from Oberlin College. She worked at Pittsburgh Filmmakers before returning to pursue her MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago. McLean’s work has been showcased in Chile, Berlin and New York. She is the recipient of PA Council on the Arts and Larson Fellowships.
Artist Talk: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7 P.M.

Cat Chow received her BS from Northwestern, where she first began creating garments from repurposed materials. She has led numerous youth focused projects, has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and exhibited her work worldwide. She is currently a resident at New York’s Artists Alliance and adjunct professor at Savannah School of Art and Design.
Exhibition Reception including artist talk and performance by Cat Chow: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 6–9 P.M.

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-322-1773
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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