Monthly Archives: September 2013

Nostradamus

Pittsburgh in the Year 2050, oil on canvas (2-panel), 288" x 7", 2006

Pittsburgh in the Year 2050, oil on canvas (2-panel), 288″ x 84″, 2006

Like Nostradamus, my predictions  have been slightly off.  I predicted a giant Mallard, not a rubber duck floating in the Ohio River.  I predicted a renewed interest in drilling for oil, not gas.  I thought a Pittsburgh casino would be in Station Square rather than the North Side.  I predicted that the Steelers would be hovering over water in a flying stadium.  Flying over the Atlantic to play in London is a bit of a stretch.  But then there are the drones!

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Doug Hill, Cardboard Man

Every artist works with cardboard at some point.  College art students build models and larger than life copies of everyday objects.  Extreme examples of hyper-real cardboard fabrications often appear in gallery shows.  The work of East Pittsburgh artist Doug Hill stands apart from the work I have seen, as Hill is more concerned with the mechanical gadgets he creates than the viewer’s awareness of cardboard as medium.  Hill creates gears, gadgets and tools with cardboard as a portrait artist would sketch with pencils.  He never measures his materials.  He cuts, bends and folds as he realizes the mechanical objects in his mind.  Hill has been making work for many years.  In 2008, I curated a show of his work (along with the work of Dorothy Williams) at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  Hill has been showing his work in the shop at PCA since that show.  His sculptures have also been featured in shows at The Brew House, The Irma Freeman Center, FE Gallery and at The Tom Museum, my installation project at the Mattress Factory.  Hill was a regular visitor there on Saturday mornings, conducting demonstrations and greeting visitors.  I did a studio visit with Hill last week.  He is testing some new designs and is looking for another show opportunity.

Studio visit with Doug Hill, September 18th, 2010.

Studio visit with Doug Hill, September 18th, 2013.  Battery-powered clock device.

Doug Hill talking about his work at Binding Forces, Pittsburgh Center for The Arts, Winter, 2008.

Doug Hill talking about his work at Binding Forces, Pittsburgh Center for The Arts, Winter 2008.

Doug Hill demonstrates a robotic hand design at Binding Forces, PCA 2008.

Doug Hill demonstrates a robotic hand design at Binding Forces, PCA 2008.

Opening of Binding Forces, work by Doug Hill and Dorothy Williams, curated by Tom Sarver, PCA 2008.

Opening of Binding Forces, work by Doug Hill and Dorothy Williams, curated by Tom Sarver, PCA 2008.

Installation shot, Binding Forces, TS 2008.

Installation shot, Binding Forces, TS 2008.

To inquire about the work of Doug Hill, please contact me at tomsarver@gmail.com

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Asittle

Here are some images from the show Crowdsourced at SPACE gallery Pittsburgh, which ended on September 1st.  A child in the audience for the opening night performance named the piece Asittle.

I started the day with a well-organized table of supplies.

I started the day with a well-organized table of supplies.

 

One of the items delivered to me during the day.

One of the items delivered to me during the day.

 

View from the rounded window.

View from the rounded window.

 

Kinetic installation at the end of the day.

Kinetic installation at the end of the day.

 

Visitors watched as the installation was constructed.

Visitors watched as the installation was constructed.

 

Daytime view.

Daytime view.

 

By September 1st, the kinetic elements were tangled.

By September 1st, the kinetic elements no longer functioned.

 

 

 

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Serra Site for End Times Therapy

“What are your fears?”

“You may enter!”

On Friday, September 13th of 2013 from 9 PM to 10 PM, twenty people experienced the Serra Site for End Times Therapy.

Tom Sarver with Daniel Baumann, Tobias Madison and Flavio Merlo in front of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"What are your fears?"

“What are your fears?”

the essence

the essence

Before entering, participants were asked to reveal their fears.

Before entering, participants were asked to reveal their fears.

 

Check out more photos HERE.

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