Monday, January 12, 2009

Matt Eskuche at SCC From Glass to Trash

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PITTSBURGH, PA – December 30, 2008 — The United States of America: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Crappiness opens in the Society for Contemporary Craft’s alternative installation space, EAT: An Art Space About Food, in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, January 18 and continues through August 29, 2009.

This installation, highlighting the work of internationally recognized glass artist Matt Eskuche, features items of consumer waste made from flameworked glass, paper, and cardboard. Discarded soda bottles, pizza boxes, and various other human detritus reveal the artists' thoughts on our individual wastefulness and irresponsibility, and corporate greed. Eskuche's exceptional skills as a contemporary studio artist are evident in the convincing and accurate creation of his mixed media garbage.

Based in Pittsburgh, Eskuche was originally trained as a metalsmith and began flameworking in 1998. He has demonstrated and exhibited his craft through out the US as well as abroad in Japan and Australia, and his work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A panel discussion—focusing on new uses of renewable energy to power art studios and educational centers—with Lori Beck, artist and founding member of Ohio Valley Creative Energy Sustainable Arts Center, Christopher L. Weber, environmental engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University and participating artist Matt Eskuche is planned for Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 pm in SCC’s main galleries. $5 at the door.

Located at 2100 Smallman Street in the Strip District of Pittsburgh; hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Exhibitions and informal, hands-on art activities in the Drop-In Studio are always free to the public. For more information, visit or call Kati Fishbein at 412.261.7003 x 26.


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