Commission for Treasonous Strategies

June 22-August 19, 2012 @ 707 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA
www.tesarfreeman.com
www.sslifer.net

shawncreeden:

Navajo Nation2012-13hand-embroidery on canvas99 “x156”

shawncreeden:

Navajo Nation
2012-13
hand-embroidery on canvas
99 “x156”

"The similarity to the American flag design and the striking isolation of the 3-star group and the 2-star group represent the belief of the islanders that the Government of the United States has obligations to their people, including reparations for the nuclear testing and resettlement of the Bikinians who were exiled." -wikipedia

powderhorn by Gary Fiedler
seen at Tandy Leather Company, Delmont, PA
Ryan Wilson Paulsen and Anna Gray
We Need New NarrativesGraphite on paper39” x 58”2012
whiteuntitled:

“The exhibit’s inflammatory title, Commission for Treasonous Strategies, is somewhat misleading. Freeman and Slifer appear more artist/scholars than provocateurs, and the exhibit presents reminders of the violence, literal as well as ideological, that runs through American history. Done up in the elegant colors we now expect of high-end art as well as history museums, the exhibit fully exercises the art of display with decorative pedestals, brass plaques and velvet cushions that are far from typical in this contemporary art space…”

whiteuntitled:

“The exhibit’s inflammatory title, Commission for Treasonous Strategies, is somewhat misleading. Freeman and Slifer appear more artist/scholars than provocateurs, and the exhibit presents reminders of the violence, literal as well as ideological, that runs through American history. Done up in the elegant colors we now expect of high-end art as well as history museums, the exhibit fully exercises the art of display with decorative pedestals, brass plaques and velvet cushions that are far from typical in this contemporary art space…”

originally a box of tacks which was burned and fused together during the burning of one of the Pennsylvania Railroad roundhouses during the Railroad Strike/Insurrection of 1877 in Pittsburgh (on display at Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh)
gallery crawl hi-tech hijinks…

Shapeshifter, Canis latrans - S. Slifer (details)

coyote pelt, taxidermy mannequin by John Schmidt

(front)
Coyote in position…