Sunday, September 19, 2010

Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Works on Paper, Wildcard Pittsburgh

Friday, October 15, 2010 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
4209 Butler Street Pittsburgh, PA, 15201

Please join us for an evening of celebration at WildCard!

On Friday, October 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. we'll be celebrating three events:

-the opening reception for our upcoming group art show, Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Works on Paper
-WildCard's one-year anniversary (hooray!)


-Bike Pittsburgh's "gallerycycle" event in Lawrenceville, part of Car-Free Fridays!

We hope you'll join us for a very special evening of art, community, bikes, music, handmade-ness, and fun at WildCard!

DJ Mary Mack will be providing the sweet jams for this event and there will be refreshments!


More information about the art show:

WildCard is hosting a group art show called Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Works on Paper that will feature works by a formidable group of Pittsburgh artists including Mary Tremonte, Heidi Tucker, Matt McDowell, Nils Hanczar, Mario Zucca, Berry Breene, Christian Breitkreutz, Mike Budai, Mike Vandegrift, Teresa Martuccio, Thommy Conroy, Tate Hudson, and Jackie McDowell. WildCard is located at 4209 Butler Street in Lawrenceville. The exhibit runs from October 5th to October 31st. The opening reception is on Friday, October 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at WildCard and will correspond with Bike Pittsburgh’s gallerycycle in Lawrenceville that same evening.

Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Works on Paper explores the Freudian idea of "the Uncanny" -- that is, when something or someone is familiar yet foreign at the same time, resulting in the observer feeling uncomfortably strange or even horrified and disgusted. Because the Uncanny is familiar yet strange, it often creates cognitive dissonance in the mind due to the paradoxical nature of being attracted to, yet repulsed by an object at the same time. This often leads to an outright rejection of the object instead of rationalization or acceptance. Examples of uncanny figures in literature and film include Doppelgängers, zombies, spirits of the dead, human-like robots or aliens, automatons, cyborgs, dolls, "evil twins", anthropomorphic creatures -- anything that triggers recognition but also eerie uncertainty in the same moment.

The reception will provide an opportunity to view the original works and meet the artists. Refreshments will be served and there will be music by DJ Mary Mack. Prints will be available for purchase. The reception will also serve as a celebration for WildCard’s one-year anniversary!

WildCard’s normal business hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 to 7:00, Thursday 11:00 to 9:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 7:00, and Sunday 12:00 to 6:00 (closed Mondays). Visit or call 412.224.2651 for more information about upcoming events, featured artisans, etc.

The show is curated by WildCard Events Coordinator Jackie McDowell, a local artist and designer (Iron City Upcyclery, Contact email:


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