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.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 Participating Artist: Patrick Camut

Name: Patrick Camut
Hometown: Charleroi, PA
Current Location/ Neighborhood: Charleroi, PA

Influential Regional Artists: My Dad Theo Camut, Chad Whitaker, Jim Nestor Sr., Jim Nestor Jr., Trenton Doyle Hancock,  Blake Anthony, Kyle Milne, Sandy Boyles and the talented 2010 - 2012 IUP Sculpture crew.

Artist StatementAs an artist I document the moments in life that have the power of unexpectedly altering the planned future. These moments can be as simple as a kiss or as complex as selecting a career, but share that special ability to change ones life. After taking note of these moments, I recreate them using an artistic language that has been developing with me since a very young age. This artistic language uses the kinetic actions of machines to create metaphors and building techniques learned from childhood toys.

Growing up in a post-industrial world inspires the foundation to my work. My post-industrial world is found outside of Pittsburgh in the town of Charleroi, PA. This small town is full of decaying machinery, architecture, and industry, left behind from the great mills that once supported it. With family heritage connecting me to the steel mills of Pittsburgh, I have always felt passionate when working with the same tools, processes, and materials as past generations once did.
Creating sculptural machines by repurposing materials, techniques, and tools from past generations forms a contemporary aesthetic. This communicates interpersonal moments through human interaction and is the intent for each sculpture I create.


Patrick Camut, Post-Perpetual Revolution,  2013.
Metal, Rubber, Motor, Boots, Motion Senor
48" x 16" x 54" 

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