Drawing on different generations and perspectives to explore the significance of identity and place, I invited Pittsburgh residents and professionals to create site-specific installations that span a range of media, including gardening, video, sound, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and drawing. Although diverse in nature, they reveal several common threads: exploring process, the merging of art practices, and a recording of personal experiences.
Within these installations, visitors are invited to travel through the Mattress Factory Annex, to imagine the daily rituals, social interactions, and personal narratives or fantasy lives that are informed by the artist’s experience. Pushing the boundaries of experience into the realm of commonality, the installations range in aesthetic and societal implication, but are also playful, visually intriguing, scathing, and instructive.
Each installation provides the viewer a connection to contemporary popular culture, a historical reference and a social memory and juxtapositions the reality with the ideal.