Please check out this exciting project that I am involved in at Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.
Illustrations are by David Pohl.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katy Peace, Co-Executive Director
Your Place at the Banquet
September 16 – October 15, 2011
Opening Reception: September 16 6-9pm
Future Tenant / 819 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Your Place at the Banquet is a visual art exhibition and public awareness initiative that critically examines the mechanisms of our industrialized food system and aims to empower people to sow the seeds of change through their daily choices and actions.
A central exhibition hub will be open to the public from September 16 – October 15, 2011 at Future Tenant in Downtown Pittsburgh. From this central hub, bike-powered mobile programming, a poster campaign, street interviews, and public performances will travel beyond the gallery walls to extend the social impact throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.
The exhibition features new works by Rose Clancy, H.E.A.P. HQ (Kevin Clancy, Dan Mooradian, Ali Reid), David Pohl, Tom Sarver, and Zayde Buti that seek to generate public awareness, critical discussion, and collective action around issues of food politics.
Rose Clancy will contribute Local Soup, a multifaceted work that includes the serving of homemade soups during the opening reception, a sculptural banquet table, and a series of video conversations with gardeners about their sustainable methods and practices. David Pohl will illustrate a series of posters that draw public awareness to key issues, such as industrial food, safe drinking water, genetically modified organisms, and seed saving. These posters will be printed and distributed widely throughout the city. Tom Sarver will perform Digestion at the opening, a piece that comments on the unnatural qualities of processed foods and the cravings that we develop for them. H.E.A.P. HQ will construct distinct bike-powered mobile units that will travel around the city, bringing transient platforms of exchange directly to the public and returning to the exhibition space to park during gallery hours. Zayde Buti will include a collection of his parodic music videos and perform his live one-man show Hungry.
Your Place at the Banquet is made possible by a grant from The Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.
Future Tenant is a non-profit art space located in downtown Pittsburgh at 819 Penn Avenue dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists through exhibitions that offer a cutting edge perspective on the Pittsburgh art scene.