Mottled Metal

May 25 - Jul 30
Friday, May 25, 2018 to Monday, July 30, 2018
Mottled Metal is a collaborative father-son multimedia installation. Created by Nick and Dennis Childrers, Mottled Metal explores the romanticizing of industrial landscape through an immersive multimedia installation that combines prints and video of the region’s steel industry from the 1980s to present day. An opening reception on June 7 from 6-9pm will include an artist talk and a musical performance by Standing Wave.
Pittsburgh and surrounding areas were once teeming with factories that engulfed entire cities in smoke, fire and metal. Those polluted days are thankfully far behind us, but in exchange, we gave up a proud blue-collar identity defined by monumental blast furnaces and symphonies of metallic sounds that inspired a century of local artists, writers and musicians. Mottled Metal attempts to explore this industrial aesthetic and how it continues to influence the region’s identity.

Dennis Childers’ digital installation work of the past 30 years tends to explore the tenuous relationship between society and technology. His son, Nick Childers, is a photojournalist and filmmaker who has been documenting the current steel labor movement of Pittsburgh’s last steel workers in places like Braddock and Brackenridge, PA. While Dennis has been exploring the aesthetics of industry and labor through experimental photographic methods since the mid 1970s, Nick examines the current context of steel through his documentary work of the present-day labor movement. With their combined perspectives from two different generations of Pittsburghers using different methods of photographic art, they create immersive multimedia installations that speak to current political and social issues.

About Nick & Dennis Childers
Father-son digital media duo, Nick and Dennis Childers, have been collaborating on multimedia projects for the past decade. Dennis Childers is digital media artist known as the “Nam June Paik” of Pittsburgh. He is best known for this prolific mixed-media installation sculptures and experimental digital images created over the past 30 years. His son and mentee, Nick Childers, is a photojournalist and filmmaker whose documentary work focuses on social and political conflict in places like East Ukraine, Southern Mexico and Braddock, PA.