Future Tenant Slips into Something More Comfortable
(October 22, 2004) When Future Tenant told the five artists involved with the upcoming exhibit Loose Change to make themselves at home, they may have taken it a little too literally.
From Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, the gallery, located at 801 Liberty Avenue in the heart of the Cultural District, will be transformed into an inspired living room setting. Metal and glass sculptures will fill the "living room's" floor space, and acrylic and oil paintings will adorn the walls.
In the same way that loose change can be collected to become something much more substantial, the Loose Change artists are combining mixed media to form a cohesive whole. The artists also hope the word "loose," combined with the relaxed environment, will allow visitors to feel at ease within the exhibit.
"The gallery itself is not as stuffy and austere as most," said Dara Kusic, one of the Loose Change artists. "We want people to be comfortable in there."
Kusic lives and works in the Pittsburgh area. She is a graduate student in the school of electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and hopes to continue Pittsburgh's revitalization through contributions in the fields of science, technology and art. When not fused to a computer, Kusic can often be found lurking in stairwells and steel mills with Pittsburgh's industrial ghosts.
A native of Akron, OH, Tom Brown has been working with glass for seven years and is currently an instructor at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Brown's work is currently being shown at the Sable V galleries in New Orleans and the Kamberra Winery in Canberra, Australia. Prior exhibitions include work shown at the Hodge Gallery in Pittsburgh, the PPG building in Pittsburgh, Dominion Towers in Pittsburgh, and Glass Works II in Akron.
Patrick Callaghan started his artistic career at the tender age of 13 when he discovered he could make a few extra bucks and enjoy himself at the same time. His love for (now classic) rock had him doodling album covers and band logos on his schoolbooks, and once people saw them, they wanted one for themselves. It wasn't long before word spread, and soon enough everyone had to have one of their own. His strong aptitude and love for art brought him to the Hussian School of Design in Philadelphia, where he earned a degree in graphic design and numerous acknowledgements for exemplary showings in design exhibitions.
Jeremy W. Groznik was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and has always had a passion for sculpture, architecture and design. With his acquired knowledge of metal fabrication he started out designing and building contemporary furniture. His works have traveled to national and international exhibitions receiving major attention. Through these endeavors and now taking his methodology to the next level he is an artist sure to continue moving forward always pushing the boundaries of his medium and his own creative voice.
At the age of seven, Antonin Puc was introduced to his first true love, Legos. Those multi-colored bricks engaged his imagination and offered the opportunity to put forth an endless stream of creations. An early sufferer of the "Brady Complex," his favorite items to build were undoubtedly floor plans, built to scale so the Lego people could be played with inside the space. A rekindling of that childhood desire, coupled with the motivation of a profound demonstration of just how short life can be, led Antonin to embark on fulfilling his dreams by attending the University of Pennsylvania. Antonin has a BA in Design of the Environment in 1997, and now pursues his passion for graphic design.
Future Tenant's weekly hours of operation for Loose Change are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 8 PM. From 6 to 9 PM on Friday, November 5, Future Tenant will host an opening reception featuring light refreshments, musical entertainment and an opportunity to meet some of the artists. Live entertainment will be featured each Friday during the run of Loose Change.
Also this month…
November 19, 2004, 7:30pm: music by Quattrocelli
Where: Future Tenant
801 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
On Friday, November 19, at 7:30 PM, cello quartet Quattrocelli will be entertaining visitors to Future Tenant with their unique arrangements of music from bands like Led Zeppelin, Evanescence and Metallica. The Carnegie Mellon University students are being featured at the gallery during Light Up Night 2004, when the "Tree of Lights" is juiced up for the holidays at Point State Park.
Future Tenant, located in the heart of Pittsburgh's Cultural District, is a project of Carnegie Mellon's Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The art space, which features alternative exhibitions and performances by emerging artists from the Carnegie Mellon University community and beyond, is managed by a team of students from the Master of Arts Management program, a joint program of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and the H. John Heinz, III School of Public Policy and Management.