Sunday, September 25, 2016 Creative Reuse: Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German, and Steven Siegel discuss their art practices
On September 25, 2016 the International Sculpture Center in collaboration with the Re:NEW Festival held an ISConnects event - Creative Reuse: Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German, and Steven Siegel discuss their art practices at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre. Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, moderated the panel that featured artists Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German, and Steven Siegel. Collectors, students, artists, and sculpture enthusiasts gathered for this dynamic discussion focused on how each artist utilizes recycled material throughout their various art practices. After the discussion, the artists took questions from the audience.
Prior to joining Carnegie Museum of Art in October of 2015, Eric Crosby was Associate Curator, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Most recently, Eric Crosby curated Alison Knowles, the first museum solo exhibition dedicated to the Fluxus artist’s work across five decades.
Edith Abeyta is a visual artist, combining post-consumer goods, particularly clothing, and participatory gestures to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor, and exchange. She is currently in her third year as artist in residence at the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh - Hazelwood as part of the Office of Public Art’s Artist in the Public Realm program.
As a visual and performance based artist, Vanessa German uses the Homewood community as inspiration for cast-off relics to form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods.
Steven Siegel uses recycled material such as shredded rubber, aluminum cans, crushed plastics, glass, flora, and car parts to create large scale sculptures, mostly in natural settings. His work has been sited throughout most of Western Europe, Korea, and Russia, as well as the United States.
Pittsburgh’s Re:NEW Festival is a month long celebration of Creative Reuse, Sustainability, and Transformation in the city as it experiences a resurgence and addresses continuous, equitable improvement. The Re:NEW Festival will be holding events from September 9–October 9, 2016. For more information, visit www.renewfestival.com.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.