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UnSmoke Systems Artspace

On view through April 27th
By appointment


If you are looking to unplug and experience art, head over to UnSmoke Systems Artspace in Braddock. Subterranean Reality, the latest exhibition to open at the community-based mixed-use arts venue, features work by 11 contemporary artists who explore both personal and universal issues of artistic expression.

Inviting viewers to “turn off your devices, turn on your minds and interface with the world and the questions that artists raise,” the group exhibit showcases work in a range of media by Crystal Miller, Tyler David Rahl, Ashley Bouton, J. Kozlowski, Melissa Riggatire, Kayla Bennett, Todd Pinkham, Pierce Marratto, Ziggy Sawdust, Zack Emma and Logan Randolph.

Kicking off UnSmoke Systems’ 2014 season, Subterranean Reality aims to explore human expression and personal choices outside of the ubiquitous confines and constructs of today’s prevailing digital and media forces, such as the Internet, billboards, consumerism and big box stores. Works in the show explore a search for beauty in art as well as the calming effects of a clarity of vision. Works featured highlight a range of artistic techniques and processes that emphasize the handmade, including oil paintings, charcoal drawings, sculpture, carved wood, mixed media pieces and even a necklace.

Helping to anchor Braddock’s ongoing revitalization, UnSmoke Systems is located in a former Catholic School at 1137 Braddock Ave. Built in 1904, the repurposed 17,000-square-foot property features exhibition, performance and studio spaces. Coming this Spring at Unsmoke will be a showcase of work by Braddock youth, followed by an exhibition featuring professional artists and teachers from Nashville, TN.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...