Thursday, July 9, 2015

Not a Mattress or Factory in Sight

Following a rather excellent July 4th celebration, on July 5th I drove into Pittsburgh with my sister Alexandra and our friend Matthew for a day of adventuring. On Alexandra's recommendation, we decided to visit the Mattress Factory, which, despite what it's name suggests, is not a factory and has no mattresses. Instead it's a museum featuring site specific installations. 

But, side note: Really, why do that? Don't get me wrong, the name is super artsy given that one of the three buildings was originally a mattress factory, but it all just seems deliberately confusing. 



Anyway, I had zero expectations going in and it ended up being just about one of the coolest and most bizarre museums I've ever been to. "Extraordinary experiences inside" is an understatement. 


This room was part of the museum's current Damn Everything but the Circus Exhibit by Benjamin Sota. We had the best time playing with absolutely everything. So, #goodbyeforever I'm joying the circus. 

Also another side note: I die at how 110% focused the rope is in this picture and how blurry I am, because even though I love it and think it's pretty artsy, it completely by accident on Alexandra's part. 


Best. Gif. Ever. I think Matthew called ahead to coordinate with the background. 






 Quite possibly my favorite room in the museum by John Morris. It was interesting to read that Morris only used "found materials to test the boundaries between art [and] non-art."




It's hilarious how much I love the out of focus pictures that were complete accidents. You're killing it, Alexandra. 


Speaking of killing it, Matthew has got that pensive observer vibe down while looking at Anne Lindberg thread instillation. 


A few blocks from the Mattress Factory is Randyland. (What even is that sentence that I just wrote?) Artist Randy Gilson, opens up the colorful courtyard of his home, nicknamed Randyland, to the public everyday free of charge. It's full of murals, sand, butterflies, dinosaurs, the heads of mannequins. You can't make this stuff up. 



Randy is just about the sweetest and craziest person you'll ever talk to. He told Matthew to take this picture, and how I previously lived my life without it I'll never know. 


[Loft shirt, old] [H&M floral pants, old] [Daniel Wellington Watch] [J. Crew Factory Bracelet, Similar] [NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella] [Maybelline Nail Polish in Blue Bombshell]

Let's sum up, shall we? If you're in Pittsburgh you really should visit the Mattress Factory and after, make a quick stop at Randyland.  I promise, you'll have a wonderfully weird day and really, couldn't we all use a few more of those? 

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    Glad you like my work! Without giving out too many details, what you are looking at is paint. I paint on objects with various acrylic paints and mediums and peel it off. The result is sort of a ghost that often lifts up the objects layers of rust, tarnish etc.

    I also play around by drawing and painting on the object and seeing what may lift off.

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