CurratorsMy next show is a big holiday season spetacular, open to all the artist's affiliated with my gallery and many others, So I figured It would be a good idea to post my gallery vision and goals as they are on my website.
Digging Pitt was started by New York artist, John Morris, with these goals
1) To create an open-ended, accessible way to introduce the creative output of the region.
2) To create an affordable and practical way for people to see and buy the works of emerging artists.
3) To create a viable way to introduce work to audiences outside of the region.
4) To create a forum for experimentation and artistic collaboration between artists.
Too often galleries and museums act as the places where a passive art "audience" is force-fed the work they "should see" as determined by a small base of curators, dealers, critics and collectors. The logic is inexorable and brutal: shows are expensive-therefore only certain artists can be worthy of the huge investment. How are these artists found? In previous shows dictated by the same logic. The result is a largely closed loop with few entrances. (Such as coming through the "right MFA" program.)
Outside are the huge bulk of artists, often with very worthy work for whom the system is almost impenetrable.
Digging Pitt is meant to act as a one of the new holes in the gallery system. A place where the works of new emerging and under recognized artists can be seen. It is modeled after the legendary Pierogi2000 gallery in Brooklyn. It is a do it yourself gallery, requiring the viewers active involvement to come to life.
Digging Pitt was started by New York artist, John Morris, to create an open-ended, accessible way to showcase the creative output of artists. Digging Pitt is meant to act as one of the new holes in the gallery system, a place where the works of new, emerging and under recognized artists can be seen. It is modeled after the legendary Pierogi gallery in Brooklyn, which has been the source for curators, critics, collectors and dealers to draw engaging and promising work. It is a do-it-yourself gallery, requiring the viewers' active involvement to come to life.
The flat file archive is easily accessible to the general public and Digging Pitt wants to extend an invitation to you to explore the portfolios. Digging Pitt has recently installed shelving and bins so that larger and framed works can also be stored at the gallery. Digging Pitt welcomes you, the art lover, the curator and the curious, to explore the archives, digging through the files to find that special work that engages your mind and your spirit.
Digging Pitt Gallery welcomes new artists to the flat file archive on a continuing basis. Every once in a while we like to let every one know whose work can be found by digging through the flat files. Currently, Digging Pitt Gallery represents over 140 local, regional and national artists. The archive houses hundreds of works, from the experimental to the whimsical. The works include digital prints, monoprints, etchings, collage, photography, watercolor paintings and mixed medium works: anything that can fit into the flat file. Over the past year, Digging Pitt Gallery featured works from the flat files in its continuing Inside Out series. In April, Digging Pitt Gallery continues to draw from the flat file archives for the Welcome Back exhibit. Over the last several months, Digging Pitt Gallery has hosted solo, group and survey exhibits on the gallery walls. In October, Digging Pitt Gallery began the Flat-out exhibit series and the eye-site series, all of which focus on the creative spirit of the gallery artists.