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Now in our 45th year, the Mattress Factory is committed to our legacy of providing unparalleled support to artists from around the world and around the corner. 2023 is an exciting year for the Museum as we prepare to open new exhibitions from seven artists across three countries. Our exhibitions program will keep you engaged, challenged, and inspired by ambitious and provocative works of art all year long. We are dedicated to placing the artists and their processes at the forefront of our work.
When you support the Mattress Factory with a donation or membership purchase, you give our 2023 artists-in-residence the time, space, materials and resources to explore new ideas, take artistic risks and engage with the Pittsburgh community. Their remarkable works help us see our world from new perspectives.
Philip Andrew Lewis and Lenka Clayton (Pittsburgh, PA) opening in the Monterey Annex
Lenka Clayton (Derbyshire, UK) and Phillip Andrew Lewis (Memphis, Tennessee) have solo and collaborative practices and have been working together since 2017. Their projects include a public gallery that is always closed, an 8ft long bronze plaque marking the history of their studio building over the last 600 million years, and most recently, the construction of a full-scale working lighthouse, encapsulated inside a burnt-out house
Lydia Rosenberg (Pittsburgh, PA) opening in the Monterey Annex
Lydia Rosenberg is an artist, educator, & exhibition organizer currently based in Pittsburgh. Her work, primarily in sculpture, is concerned with the impact of language on our perception of objects and is informed by an interest in the concreteness of matter in contrast to subjective interpretation.
Katie Bullock (Albio, MI) opening in the Monterey Annex
Katie Bullock catalogs and works with observed “everyday” moments and phenomena, driven by the complexity of truth that taking note can reveal. She currently lives and works in Albion, Michigan.
Shohei Katayama (Louisville, KY) opening in the Main Building
Shohei Katayama is a Japanese American who explores the space between light and dark, life and death, beauty and danger, nature and man. Utilizing his art as a catalyst for environmental conversations, his work examines the underlying patterns and forces of nature by showcasing unseen relationships in ecology.
Asim Waqif (New Delhi, India) opening in the Main Building
Asim Waqif uses materials as the starting point for his works: whether objects with which he has long, complicated histories, detritus he has collected from various sources, or plant forms he has nurtured into being. Apart from the sheer physical voluptuousness of Waqif’s sculptures, their combinations of natural and industrial materials force us to confront many of humanity’s most urgent dilemmas, positing a moment in history (now?) when civilization may be losing control of itself.
Andrea Peña (Montreal, Canada) opening in the Main Building
A hybrid Latinx artist, Andrea Peña was originally born in Bogota, Colombia and has carved her practice in the territory of Tiohti:áke, Montreal. Her practice as designer and choreographer merges the body and materiality in performative, digital and sculptural works to create living arts universes. Andrea is recognized for her creations as critical, alternative and spatial universes that break with our notions and conceptions of a sensitive humanity and engage in rich encounters between conceptual research and a highly physical and material approach.
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Image courtesy of the installation “I come from a holy place” (2022) by Bekezela Mguni.