"Static Free" 9.30.05 - 10.24.05

"Static Free" was a contemporary fine art exhibit to showcase international, regional and local Pittsburgh artists whose work has been directly influenced by urban graffiti and street art.

"Static Free" was curated by Seak M.A.C., Michael D. Walsh, Megan Fitzgerald and Edgar Um Bucholtz.

Organizational support was provided by Pat Clark and Tracy Jackson.

Installation support by Sharmila Venkatasubban and Lauri Mancuso.

Initial funding came from a Seed Award Grant from Pittsburgh's The Sprout Fund. Corporate funding support came from Scion, American Eagle Outfitters and Red Bull.

International and U.S. artists were exhibited at SPACE in downtown Pittsburgh:

Calma (Stephan Doitschinoff of Brazil)
Maya Hayuk (of NYC)
Jerry "Joker" Inscoe
Tim Kaulen (of Pittsburgh)
Ryan MacKeen
Stephen "ESPO" Powers (of NYC)
Seak M.A.C. (of Pittsburgh)
"Delta" Boris Tellegen
Michael D. Walsh (of Pittsburgh)

Regional and local Pittsburgh artists (with a few exceptions) were concurrently exhibited at Future Tenant across the street from SPACE in downtown Pittsburgh:

Sean Barton
Dan Bergeron
Dallah Cesan
Cameron Clayton
Nicholas Ganz
Jamie Matthews
Nathan Mould
Danny Paracat
Joe Rudans
Chris Savido
Matt Spahr
Ollie Slaughter
Jude Vachon

Opening night was Friday September 30th 2005. The show ran until October 24th 2005.

installation by Steve "ESPO" Powers

sculpture by Tim Kaulen in the foreground; sculpture by Michael D. Walsh in the background

mural by CALMA

mural by Maya Hayuk

Opening night of Static Free. We hired Miguel's Mariachi Fiesta to perform music during the opening. Over 2000 people attended.

a closer shot of Tim Kaulen's sculpture. This work debuted at "Static Free," but was commissioned and is now permanently exhibited at The Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

Static Free brought renowned NYC DJ and urban culture writer, Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. DJ Cucumberslice, to Pittsburgh to perform for the Static Free opening after-party at "9/9th" in downtown Pittsburgh. Approx. 1000 persons attended.

On the following day, Saturday October 1st, a Static Free symposium was held at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Harris Theater. The symposium was moderated by Henry Chalfant and featured legendary NYC graffiti writer Blade, filmmaker Pablo Arevena and many Static Free exhibiting artists. Pablo Arevena screened a preview of his film "Next: A Primer on Urban Painting."

Also part of Static Free was a City of Pittsburgh-sanctioned mural on the Alisa Furnace Jail Trail representing and painted by Pittsburgh local and regional artists. Megan Fitzgerald, Veks and Evict headed the mural organizing and production team. Lauri Mancuso primed and readied the wall for painting.

Additional sponsors of Static Free included: Pabst Blue Ribbon, College Prowler, Arts Greenhouse Initiative of Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University, A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, The Multicultural Arts Initiative, Hilton Pittsburgh, The Mattress Factory, Steel Valley Arts Council, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 720 Records, Lumation Design, Blue Archer, Jackson/Clark Partners and Brett Yasko.

Seak M.A.C.'s "Static Free" photo documentation on flickr

kudos from Wooster Collective


SkidMarquez said...

It was this exhibit that made me fall in love with Pittsburgh.

Edgar Um Bucholtz said...

awwww, sweet!

John Foster Cartwright said...

Aw. So many memories just erupted! Coooooollll Ed!