This exhibition features a new body of work by Pittsburgh-based sculptor, poet and activist Vanessa German. German’s response to her materials references folk art and slavery. In her multi-disciplinary work, she references the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, or as she describes it, “the western coast of Africa, the east coast of the Carolinas, the east end of Pittsburgh.” German’s Homewood neighborhood has been called “One of America’s Most Violent Neighborhoods.” Her work is a response to gun violence and prostitution that stands in contrast with the community-building and healing words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Missoula-born, Brooklyn-based Browder is a fabric artist who is challenging, reviving and redefining ‘soft’ sculpture, which at times delves into the realm of large-scale public sculpture. Her work is about materials and craft, work ethic, community and created spaces. Recent projects include Hello Niagara!, a monumental, quilted waterfall draped over the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn.
Browder is a former professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and while in Chicago she co-founded the contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Browder has exhibited internationally at the Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Lothringer 14, Munich, Germany; White Columns, New York; Gallery 400-UIC, and The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. Last year, Amanda covered a building in her local neighborhood and received a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and the NPArt.