PhAb Now!

PhAb Now!
Friday, June 26, 2015 to Friday, September 4, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, June 26 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. It is free and open to the public.

Filmmakers Galleries present a summer exhibit featuring seven artists who use the principles of photography in their abstract work. The group show, curated by Adam Welch, is entitled “PhAb Now!” and will be on view June 26 through September 4, 2015.

The exhibition features work from Corey Escoto, April Friges, Lori Hepner, Jesse Kauppila, Todd Keyser, and a collaboration by Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger. The artists generate their own visual languages, concepts and processes, breaking from the predominant conventions of realism and documentation. They prefer to use the photographic process for experimentation with light and image, discovery and play.

“This showing is a small glance at the state of photographic abstraction now: a confluence of multiple histories and visual languages, simultaneously esoteric and recognizable, personal and independent. A present formulation of the most contemporary technologies mirrored by rudimentary techniques, worked out by individuals who combine idea, feeling, and intuition, as both process and remnant, displaying communications within a greater discourse of that which eludes definition and may be ultimately ineffable.” –Adam Welch

Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger met through the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program where their work was paired because of certain affinities. Their collaboration is based on a shared pre-occupation with the tensions between the actual and illusion, between flatness and space. Eleanor Aldrich was born in Springerville, Arizona. A participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, she also holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she currently lives. Barbara Weissberger received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is on the faculty in the studio arts department, University of Pittsburgh. She divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York.

Corey Escoto was born in Amarillo, Texas, and received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. He was part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial.

April Friges was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received her MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently an Assistant Professor of photography at Point Park University.

Lori Hepner received her MFA in Digital Media at Rhode Island School of Design. Her primary studio is in Pittsburgh. She is Associate Professor of Integrative Arts at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Jesse Kauppila was raised in Vermont, and is an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently working on a public art project on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Todd Keyser was raised in Philadelphia, and is a recent transplant to Pittsburgh. He holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was recently featured at SPACE gallery downtown.

Hours are Monday – Thursday: 2:00 – 9:00pm; Friday: 12:30 – 6:30pm; and when films are shown in the Melwood Screening Room (closed on July 3rd and 4th).

photos above Greater Than Less and Diamonds by Corey Escoto