Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Artist Alexi Morissey on the Pittsburgh Art Conundrum

I wanted to point out what Alexi Morrisey had to say about the notion of Pittsburgh not acting from within when it comes to the talent which exists here. This quote is from a Pop City Q and A found here.

Pittsburgh constantly denies the reality of its own qualities because, no matter the meetings of world leaders or number of rings on our collective steel-curtain fingers, we seem not to be asked to the dance. That inward anger must be declared as unacceptable; our civic pride must be manifested as a radical localized chest-thump. The city's sense of its self must be determined by itself and for itself, such that success within the city's own culture becomes a measure beyond that of success in the eyes of "foreign" thinkers. Provincial? Yes. But until our self-satisfaction reaches a pressure level equal to or greater than that of the outer, uncaring world, and thus secession a possibility for self-determination, provincialism is a weapon, not a weakness.

Alexi's upcoming exhibit will be at the New Hazlett Theater with a work that has been developed there called "Take A Letter". It premiers May 27-29 and goes on the road from there.

The Pittsburgh Art Blog

pittsburgh galleries is reborn anew as The Pittsburgh Art Blog. the blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20, 2007.

pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site

the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh art advocate rick byerly,