installation art

NEW DOC + TOUR: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory by David Bernabo

Yayoi Kusama with  Dots Obsession , 1996

Yayoi Kusama with Dots Obsession, 1996

SUMMARY

Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory (97 minutes)

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and razor-sharp co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. 

Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, and others, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, the film unearths rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, and David Ellis. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation “A Second Home”, among other works.

 

TOUR

05.03 | PREMIERE | MATTRESS FACTORY | 6PM | PITTSBURGH, PA | RESERVE FREE TICKETS

05.10 | MELWOOD SCREENING ROOM | 7PM, $8/10 | PITTSBURGH, PA | BUY TICKETS

05.11 | MINI MICROCINEMA | CINCINNATI, OH

05.12 | FLOOD PLAIN | 7PM | ST. LOUIS, MO | BUY TICKETS

05.14 | FISCH HAUS | TIME TBA | WICHITA, KS

05.15 | UNIVERSITY OF DENVER | 7PM | DENVER, CO

05.25 | SITE | TIME 6PM | SANTA FE, NM

05.28 | PLUG PROJECTS | TIME TBA | KANSAS CITY, MO

05.29 | 21c LEXINGTON | TIME TBA | LEXINGTON, KY

 

TRAILER

 

 

James Turrell,  Gasworks ,   1993

James Turrell, Gasworks, 1993

Causal Loop Artist statement by David Bernabo


Causal Loop, an exhibit by David Bernabo and Blaine Siegel.

Below is my artist statement and information on the pieces and video credits for The Reduction. Thanks to the New Hazlett Theater for producing and supporting the performances of The Reduction.

When the photography bookstore, Spaces Corners, opened some years ago, I was exposed to a type of photography practice based on editing and positioning existing photographs. This introduction to the art of the edit caused a small shift in all of my artistic practices - I had loved editing music for hours and hours, but now the impact of editing took on a greater importance in my art, dance, and film work. For the works in the Causal Loop exhibit, I am essentially editing found (and bought) materials. Material is manipulated through painting and cutting, but positioning and context play a large role in the work. Positioning is responsible for indulging in representation like in "Judson", which pairs a blue wave-y piece of wood with a white and yellow plank, recalling a beach scene. These pieces play with context, using the actual weight of objects as functional assets and the perceived weight of objects as attempts at humor. 

With my filmwork moving into the sphere of activism and my music still preoccupied with harmonic experimentation, these installation pieces provide a quiet outlet for reflection. The pieces are simple to make and simple to set up, but the act of standing around them and witnessing their balance and impermanence provides me with deep relaxation. There is a physicality to the act of setting the pieces up and a serenity to witnessing their newly-gained balance.

Note: "The Reduction" is a three-channel video installation produced from footage from The Reduction, a dance work performed at New Hazlett Theater in August 2015 as part of the New Hazlett CSA program. The dance piece called for four dancers, three videographers, and a musician. The three videographers were instructed to film whatever was most interesting to them, which provided great documentation of the event, but also created inadvertent movement on stage. Many of my pieces in Causal Loop doubled as set pieces for The Reduction, exposing a previous life and function for these objects.


LUXURY BLOCK, wood, acrylic, 2016

JUDSON, wood, acrylic, 2015

MAXIMUM I, wood, acrylic, 2015

GENERATIVE HAMMER, wood, acrylic, 2016

LAND SLIDE, wood, acrylic, 2015

LOST BLOCKS, wood, acrylic, 2016

WOODSLED, wood, acrylic, 2015

MAXIMUM II, wood, acrylic, 2015

PLAUSIBLE LOOP, looping video, 2016

NEW FLOWER, wood, acrylic, found objects, 2015

NOW SEE-THRU, wood, acrylic, lightbox, 2015

THE REDUCTION, three-channel video, 2016
   Videographers: Heather Mull, Mario Ashkar, Stephanie Tsong
   Dancers: Ru Emmons-Apt, JoAnna Dehler, Lauryn Patrick, David Bernabo   
   Musician: Darin Gray
   Narrator: Lenka Clayton