Review: “Make Moves” Exhibition

From the Pittsburgh City Paper:


Bill Shannon’s cubism for the 21st century
Installation work explores how we know one another by our parts.
by Leo Hsu

A hundred years after Picasso and Braque introduced cubism, challenging the idea that painters should describe their subjects from a single point of perception, Bill Shannon has extended cubist principles by using 21st-century technologies.

Pittsburgh-based Shannon is internationally known for his skateboarding and hip-hop movement-based work, which he performs on crutches due to a degenerative hip disease. Some of that work is referenced in Make Moves, at the Irma Freeman Center. But this solo exhibition focuses on recent work in which Shannon grapples with materials — the remains of infrastructure, the human body, substances that cannot be recycled, but that can be reused — and reshapes them in ways both surprising and appropriate.

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Kidsburg: IF Center “ever-changing source of learning… about green approaches to life”

Writes Kidsburg:

There are many exceptional creative and educational spaces in Pittsburgh outside of schools. There are venues where open areas inspire connections and collaborations. And there are sites that are dedicated to improving children’s learning experience by emphasizing such qualities as classroom orientation, natural light, acoustics, color, mood, temperature and green energy. Whether it’s a maker space, community center, workshop, a mix of these or none-of-the-above, the role the environment plays in a student’s education is crucial – and can be inspirational.

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The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination is an example of the place itself becoming an ever-changing source of learning – in this case, about green approaches to life.

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Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Artists Art Call

Deadline: September 14, 2013 2 – 5 pm

Pittsburgh Artists (who live here, moved away, are solo, in collaboration, are collectors or caretakers of living or deceased artists’ work) are invited to submit work to this exhibition!

PITTSBURGH BY PITTSBURGH ARTISTS will take place at the IF Center 5006 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Continue reading

Review: “Safe Light” Exhibition

From the Pittsburgh City Paper:


Safe Light challenges the notion that analog and digital photography are incompatible or oppositional
Installation work explores how we know one another by our parts.
by Leo Hsu

Darkrooms are isolated and self-contained spaces, places where time and light operate under special rules. Entering Dennis Childers and Nick Childers’ installation Safe Light, there is a noticeable change in temperature, a low hum. Red and amber safelights, which allow photographers to work with light-sensitive paper, illuminate curling vintage prints hanging from clotheslines. Darkroom timers are plugged into one another recursively. Six photographic enlargers are the focus of the room: Tiny projectors fixed inside their bellows project video onto sheets of paper floating in developing trays — short films made over the years by both artists, who are father and son.

But the Safe Light installation, and the photographs that complement it in the adjacent room at the Irma Freeman Center, are not just a nostalgic homage to increasingly rare technologies. The stuff of black-and-white wet printing has been rearranged according to an unexpected logic, and to powerful effect

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No Yoga on Chrismas Eve

Hello everyone! This is just a quick note to let everyone know that there will NOT be a yoga class on Monday, December 24th, as it is Chrismas Eve. There WILL be a class with instructor Michael Lubbert on Monday, December 31st, which is New Years Eve. See you then!

Post Gazette: “An energetic spirit sparks artistic fun at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination”

The PG published a wonderful article about us on Tuesday. It was written by Diana Nelson Jones, and it begins:

Walkabout: An energetic spirit sparks artistic fun at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When I first met Sheila Ali about 20 years ago, it was to report on her launch of an offset-press magazine called Girl’s Life.

Ms. Ali kind of fascinated me. It was a long time ago so I don’t recall how I knew, but she was clearly more than a young entrepreneur; I sensed a whimsical artist within her and thought about her from time to time.

Earlier this year, I finally stopped to see the sign on a dazzling facade of mosaic glass at 5006 Penn Ave. in Garfield. It read “Irma Freeman Center for Imagination.”

I Googled it later and saw Sheila Ali’s name as executive director. She created the mosaic from recycled glass.

Click here to continue reading the full article on Post-Gazette.com!

New website and blog!

Welcome to the brand new website of The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination! We now have this blog area, where we can post announcements, news, and other random thoughts.  Check back for updates!