Opens February 9 at the University Art Gallery,
104 Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Dirty Work is the third collaborative installation by artists Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger. In it they continue to explore the tension between illusion and the actual; the dynamic relationship between material and image; and art production as work.
The collaborative efforts of Eleanor Aldrich and Barbara Weissberger offer an analog element among so many digital or digitally inspired creations.
“Pink Planter and Rubber Chair” comes out of their collaboration that is based on a shared preoccupation with the tensions between the actual and illusion, flatness and space.
A work that spans two and three dimensions, it explores when a mark or material describes itself — or remains itself, if it is a found object. “The mark, image or material becomes onomatopoetic, or mimetic, collapsing the space between the signified and the signifier,” Aldrich says.
To put it in simple terms, their work plays with the format of the two-dimensional image as it relates to, or, better yet, as an extension of, objects in space.