Monthly Archives: December 2014

Steve Smith – Pittsburgh Visionary Artist

Pittsburgh visionary artist Steve Smith with one of his paintings.

Pittsburgh visionary artist Steve Smith with one of his paintings, December 2014.

I met Steve Smith around 2001 when I was working at the art supply store on S. Craig Street, near the Carnegie Museum of Art.  Steve stopped in regularly to get supplies and show off his latest creations.  He always had a sketchbook in the works.  He would fill ten or more pages a day with memories from his childhood, interpretations of stories in the news, or historical events.  He drew the compositions quickly, and then filled them in with pattern and color.  His earlier works in colored pencil and pastel are very meticulous.  His later works in acrylic are bold and spontaneous.  In his teenage years, Steve spend a lot of time studying tribal artwork from Africa, Ancient Egyptian Art and Pre-Columbian Art.  Although his career dreams were challenged by health issues, Steve pushed ahead and continued to make art.

Steve’s works have appeared in many of my projects.  In 2004, I featured his work in an exhibition at The Brew House titled, From the Inside.  In 2006, Steve had a solo exhibition at my Tom Museum project at the Mattress Factory.  Steve’s works have also been featured in exhibitions in Pittsburgh hospitals and shops.

Today Steve has a collection of paintings and drawings that document the events of his life.  He continues to make work at his home in the East End of Pittsburgh.  His work will be featured in my upcoming project, The Sideways Museum, opening in late January in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh.

An early self-portrait by Steve Smith.

An early self-portrait by Steve Smith.

Inner Man, by Steve Smith, acrylic on canvas.

Inner Man, by Steve Smith, acrylic on canvas.

Wedding Spider, by Steve Smith, Acrylic on canvas.

Wedding Spider, by Steve Smith, Acrylic on canvas.

Clown Walking a Heart Dog, an early pastel work by Steve Smith.

Clown Walking a Heart Dog, an early pastel work by Steve Smith.

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More Obsessions Images

Here are some more shots of Obsessions.  Also make sure to check out the review by Kurt Shaw in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  CLICK HERE

Work by Mary Ivy Martin

Work by Mary Ivy Martin

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Detail of installation by Laurie Trok.

Detail of installation by Laurie Trok.

Video playing in the window by Jason Lockyer.

Video playing in the window by Jason Lockyer.

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Cut Yupo paper and ink installation by Laurie Trok.

Cut Yupo paper and ink installation by Laurie Trok.

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Jason Lockyer's video, viewable from the Liberty Avenue sidewalk.

Jason Lockyer’s video, viewable from the Liberty Avenue sidewalk.

Face Faucet by Mary Ivy Martin.

Face Faucet by Mary Ivy Martin.

Works by Jeremiah Johnson.

Works by Jeremiah Johnson.

Detail of mixed media work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Detail of mixed media work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Still from video by Jason Lockyer.

Still from video by Jason Lockyer.

Obsession, curated by Tom Sarver

Obsessions, Pittsburgh

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Obsessions at SPACE, Pittsburgh

Obsessions, SPACE, Pittsburgh

Obsessions opening

SPACE Pittsburgh

Drawings of dead animals from natural history museums by Jason Lockyer.

Drawings of dead animals from natural history museums by Jason Lockyer.

Beginning of performance by Becky Slemmons.

Beginning of performance by Becky Slemmons.

Becky's work at the final weekend of Obsessions.

Becky’s work at the final weekend of Obsessions.

Work by Nathan Margoni.

Work by Nathan Margoni.

Work by Laurie Trok.

Work by Laurie Trok.

Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl

Detail of work by Laurie Trok.

Detail of work by Laurie Trok.

Another look at Jason Lockyer's Drawings of Taxidermy Animals.

Another look at Jason Lockyer’s Drawings of Taxidermy Animals.

Work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Work by Jeremiah Johnson.

Selection of works by Jeremiah Johnson.

Selection of works by Jeremiah Johnson.

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International Bowling

Tom Sarver, Carnegie International

2013 Carnegie International Artist Party at the William Pitt Union.

I just found this in a stack of sketches.  A couple of days before the opening of the 2013 Carnegie International, the museum threw a party at the basement bowling alley of the William Pitt Union.  Artists let loose, exhibiting some of the strangest bowling techniques I’ve ever seen.  Drawing includes Lara Favaretto, Wade Guyton, Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, Tina Kukielski, Tobias Madison, Dinh Q. Lê, Pedro Reyes, Pierre Leguillon, Lynne & Paul Zelevansky.

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Obsessions – opening night

Space, Pittsburgh

Performance by Becky Slemmons. Photograph by Larry Rippel. Copyright 2014

 

New work by Laurie Trok.  Photograph by Larry Rippel.  © 2014

New work by Laurie Trok. Photograph by Larry Rippel. © 2014

 

Visitors view work by Nathan Margoni.  Photograph by Larry Rippel.  © 2014

Visitors view work by Nathan Margoni. Photograph by Larry Rippel. © 2014

 

Sculpture by Nathan Margoni.  Photograph by Larry Rippel.  © 2014

Sculpture by Nathan Margoni. Photograph by Larry Rippel. © 2014

 

Performance by Colonel Eagleburger's Highstepping Goodtime Band.  Photograph by Larry Rippel.  © 2014

Performance by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band. Photograph by Larry Rippel. © 2014

Good time opening music.  Photograph by Larry Rippel.  © 2014

Good time opening music. Photograph by Larry Rippel. © 2014

 

Obsessions opening.

Obsessions opening. Photo by Larry Rippel.  Copyright 2014

 

© Larry Rippel Photography.

© Larry Rippel Photography.

 

© Larry Rippel Photography

© Larry Rippel Photography

 

© Larry Rippel Photography

© Larry Rippel Photography

 

Opening of Obsessions.  © Larry Rippel Photography 2014

Opening of Obsessions. © Larry Rippel Photography 2014

Here are some images by Pittsburgh photographer Larry Rippel from the opening of Obsessions, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh.  It was a great night with music by Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band!  More documentation coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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