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Mural for Art Olympics

In nine days I’ll begin preparing the grounds for Art Olympics. Part of the process involves painting a mural on site with the assistance of a community youth group. The project is part of the Fallow Grounds residency program of the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center.  Fallow Grounds activates vacant lots, transforming them into sites for public art and community interaction.

Mural plan for Concord Street, East Deutschtown, Pittsburgh.

Mural plan for Concord Street, East Deutschtown, Pittsburgh.

Mural site.

Mural site.

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Crowdfunding campaign for Art Olympics

I’m still working towards my fundraising goal for the August 29th Art Olympic Festival.  The free community art festival will feature three teams of artists competing over two hours to build winning sculptures out of piles of junk.  The project also involves: 1. Painting an outdoor mural at the event site with a community youth group.  2. Holding a trophy building workshop for neighborhood children and adults.  This workshop will teach sculpture assemblage and repurposing skills. 3. Hands on art making activities at the event including puppet making and printmaking.

Event site for The Art Olympic Festival.

Event site for The Art Olympic Festival.

Donations to the event are tax-deductible.  Funding will help with the costs of the production, rental equipment, and artist fees.  Link to ioby crowdfunding campaign. Help to support public art! Thank you!

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School Residency: Robots, gadgets & STEAM

I’m wrapping up a monthlong school residency project at Claysville, Pennsylvania.  The project, a vision of Claysville art teacher Michelle Urbanek, involved experimentation and discovery in a studio atmosphere blending art and technology.  Over the course of the month, I worked with eighty fourth graders as they participated in teams to build inventions.  An initial challenge involved using toy motors and found materials to make gadgets that move and draw.  We then introduced a library of littleBits electronics, including motion sensors, light sensors, wireless transmitters and an assortment of circuit bending sound components.  Students then worked in groups to create prototypes of their ideas. Project supporters included the Sprout Fund (Spark Award) and the PCA Artists in Schools & Communities program.  More images will be posted on my COMMUNITY page.

An example sketch for a robot idea.

An example sketch for a robot idea.

Students sketching circuit ideas using littleBits components.

Students sketching circuit ideas using littleBits components.

As student setting a robotic vehicle to motion.

A student setting a robotic vehicle to motion.

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Puppet World @ West Liberty University

Puppet world opens at the Nutting Gallery, West Liberty University on March 25th.

Puppets head to Wheeling, West Virginia.

Puppet World, a solo exhibition of my paintings, puppets, drawings and mixed media works opens with a reception (5:30 PM – 7:00 PM) on Wednesday, March 25th at the Nutting Gallery of West Liberty University.  The show runs through April 17th.  Puppets on display will include a selection of twenty-five used in performance.  The drawings, paintings and mixed media works, heavy in collage methods, juxtapose anecdotal sketches with critical views of social and environmental issues.

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Out of Hand @ Contemporary Craft

Dancing puppet will be available at the Out of Hand art auction.

Dancing puppet will be available at the Out of Hand art auction.

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Contemporary Craft will be holding their annual fundraiser gala event this Saturday, March 21st.  The event is one of the best of its kind in the Pittsburgh area (creative drinks, an amazing variety of art to bid on, cool crowd and fun craft activities).  I’ve had work in their art auction for many years.  This year it’s a dancing puppet.  If you haven’t been to an arts gala, this is a good one to try (and SCC is a great organization to support)!

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have museum, will travel

Sideways Museum seeking next home.

Sideways Museum, Tom Sarver

 

May 3rd is the final day for viewing the Sideways Museum at its current location on Liberty Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh.  I’d like to take the project to another gallery, window space or alternative viewing location in the Greater Pittsburgh area.  I’m also thinking about traveling the project to a nearby city (Cleveland, Buffalo or Philadelphia???).  Space permitting, I’d like to continue with the seven artists currently represented.  Ideal locations will offer a secure place for art to be on view, with free access to the work.  Please contact me if you have a space and are interested in hosting the project.

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Remember Flux?

"World Stage" performace at Flux 12, Downtown Pittsburgh, summer 2005.

“World Stage” performance at Flux 12, Downtown Pittsburgh, summer 2005.  Photo by L. Rippel.

Detail of work in progress, World Stage.  L. Rippel

Detail of work in progress, World Stage. L. Rippel

The FLUX series of late-night art parties in massive vacant industrial buildings were a major part of the Pittsburgh art scene ten years ago.  Developed by Traci Jackson, the one-day events featured a mix of visual arts, films, bands, theatrical performances and lots of beer.  For FLUX 12 (held in the former Art Institute of Pittsburgh facilities, Penn Avenue, Downtown) I created a junk model of the world, decorating it with illustrations of polemical issues.  As I jumped from one end of the sculpture to the other, I touched on destruction of the Amazon rain forest, pre-emptive missile strikes and other current issues involving U.S. consumption and policy (and resulting ripple effects throughout the world).  As I completed one side, visitors moved in to view new developments.

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