SPACE Gallery

Through April 27
Various times


If robots had a secret life, then artist Toby Atticus Fraley would be their Mr. Geppetto. Fraley’s captivating new art installation, The Secret Life of Robots, is on view now at Downtown-based SPACE Gallery, where viewers will encounter a dozen scenes of robots assembled in various domestic vignettes. From a robot reaching for cat food on a grocery store shelf, to an elderly robot counting prescription pills with the aid of a magnifying glass, Fraley’s four-to-five-foot robots are assembled from remnants of Americana—vintage thermoses, picnic coolers and found objects—some boasting animatronics and custom-built electronics packages that control illuminated elements, such as eyes and accent lights. Born and raised in Washington, PA, and currently based in Bridgeville, Fraley created the Lonely Robot Returns window in the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel for First Night 2014, as well as Fraley’s Robot Repair in the Cultural District. The exhibition is open to and appropriate for children and kids of all ages.

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...