Here is a portfolio of images from the August 29th Art Olympic Festival by Pittsburgh photographer Larry Rippel. Images Copyright 2015.
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I’m in the process of planning an Art Olympic Festival to take place on Saturday, August 29th 2015 on the North Side of Pittsburgh. The event, a contest inspired by the Iron Chef TV show, features three teams of artists competing over three hours to make winning sculptures out of piles of junk. Teams are judged in categories such as “creative use of materials and best performance.” The highly interactive event allows audience members to get up close and see the work in progress. Visitors are welcome to make commentary on the show, and to participate in a “half-time show” competition. The August 29th event will by hosted by the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center as part of their Fallow Grounds artist residency series. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 4 PM and run until 6:30 PM. The event, located at an empty lot near the Neu Kirche Center, is free and open to the public. Previous Art Olympic main event shows have happened at the Mattress Factory, The Union Project, the New Hazlett Theater, and Market Square. Shorter, table top events have taken place at the August Wilson Center and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Here are three kinetic pieces that I recently made and shipped out to Brooklyn for a small works show (set to take place during the 2015 Bushwick open studios). The Tiny Art Show (organized by NY artist Mary Ivy Martin) is taking place at 114 Forrest Street, Studio 4A. Show times are: Friday, June 5, 7 PM – 9 PM, Saturday June 6, Noon – 7 PM and Sunday, June 7, Noon – 7 PM.
Here is a piece I made in 2008 using random junk, some toy motors, and scrap wood.
Obsessions at SPACE Gallery will be wrapping up this weekend. It’s been a great show. Lots of people are drawn in by the buzzing sound of insects in the outdoor video piece by Jason Lockyer. I encountered these children “dancing for the bees” on a cold January morning.
Here is a link to Lissa Brennan’s review of the show in the Pittsburgh CP: Artists explore their Obsessions at Space
And more by Mike May in Pittsburgh Magazine.
A collection of my puppets and props used in puppet show over the past 15 years will be on display January and February of 2015 at the Sewickley Public Library, in Sewickley, PA. Curated by Randi Morgan, the show is viewable during library hours. Highlights of the display include puppets from a production the Aristophanes play Peace, and puppets from my Dada show Flight Out of Time. All characters are handmade from wood, cardboard, papier-mâché, repurposed materials and paint. On Saturday, February 28th, I’ll be performing shows with puppeteer Mike Cuccaro in the library community room. The family shows will start at 2 PM and 3:30 PM. Please watch the Sewickley Public Library Website for details.