Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Participating Artist: Oreen Cohen

Name: Oreen Cohen 
Hometown: Rochester, NY 
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh 

Influential or Favorite Regional Artist: Not really sure about regionally, but international I have been really into El Anatsui and Yael Bartana. 

Artist Statement:
As an observer and explorer, I draw insight from my surroundings by unpacking the embedded meanings, histories, and identities of place. By excavating incidental fragments of the built environment, I examine the psychological and physical ruins left behind by industrial decline. I am curious about how the residue of our histories culminate into our understanding of self and site. With a visceral approach towards material, I create publicly performed actions and sculptural interventions that attempt to transform vacant or abandoned space into a places of meaning.
I retrace textures of the built environment through repetitious labor. This process illuminates the conceptual material of space, experience, and memory. Aluminum rubbings, Stacked auto glass, salt dough bricks, welded steel, and the burial of a golden casket, serve as metaphors in my work that attempt to preserve vitality and transform post­industrial areas. By salvaging these fragments, I cultivate social allegories that re­interpret the past, solidify the present, and anticipate the future.

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