Photos from Life on Mars at the Carnegie

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David Shrigley, Jugs and Cups, 2008, detail, installation in vitrine of glazed ceramic objects--2 ceramic jugs and 159 small cups, courtesy of the artist, in Life on Mars
David Shrigley, Jugs and Cups, 2008, detail, installation in vitrine of glazed ceramic objects–2 ceramic jugs and 159 small cups, courtesy of the artist, in Life on Mars

My photographs from Life on Mars: the 2008 Carnegie International exhibit in Pittsburgh are now in a set up on my Flicker site.

I need to let the exhibit marinate in my mind a little before tackling it. Faster with me is not necessarily better.

IMG_5551 Luca Buvoli
Luca Buvoli, Instant Before Incident (Marinetti’s Drive 1908), 2008, metal, reinvorced UV stable polyester resin, pigment, plexiglass, at the Mattress Factory.

There is also a set of photos I took at the Mattress Factory, including about 2/3 of their current exhibit Inner Outer Space.

That we got to the latter exhibit at all is shocking, given that our first attempt to get there resulted in three wrong turns during rush hour (thank you Google directions for creating computer-nonesense directions that don’t reflect how people think). After a frustrating hour, after crossing the wrong bridge, after going through a tunnel that we couldn’t avoid given the traffic and the topography, we turned around, cutting in front of a pickup truck to retrace our route. The pick-up driver was surprisingly sympathetic to our plight (yes, we talked to him).

IMG_5503 Manfred Pernice
Manfred Pernice, deja vue 12, 2008, detail, installation of mixed media, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and Galerie Neu, Berlin, Commissioned by the 2008 Carnegie International, in Life on Mars

The next day we took a cab. Way better. The cabbie (he must have been a former flower child) gave us the Cooke’s tour along the way. And so did the return-trip cabbie point out a sight or two. Plus on the way back we had the company of artist Manfred Pernice, one of the artists in Life on Mars, who asked if we were headed his way. He managed to bridge the language gap (he’s a Berlin artist) and gave us enough of a peek into his mind to set us reconsidering his work.

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carnegie international 2008, david shrigley, inner outer space, life on mars, luca buvoli, manfred pernice, mattress factory

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