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Images from Dec 13th at 320B Canal St (L and R photos by Steven Shikhel)

A view of POWER TOOLS | ON CANAL on a non performative evening


Open Studios at Radiant Hall

Over the past few months I have been a part of the Radiant Hall community in Homewood, PA. We will be hosting open studios this Saturday, October 13th. I look forward to sharing the work I have created over the past few months.

Talking about a new series of 3D prints with Stephanie Garrison, Operations Director of Brew House Association.


SIX x ATE: Trompe L’oeil

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I was invited to participate in SIX x ATE, a themed presentation by six artists, along with a meal from one cuisinier. The topic for this SIX x ATE was Trompe L’oeil. As I worked on my five minute presentation, I appreciated the opportunity to look at my work through this lens, and to understand how my art practice is, indeed, working with aspects from Trompe L’oeil. I hope to share aspects of my work that are not apparent, including the process I use in the creation of my installations and sculptures.

SIX x ATE: Trompe L’Oeil
September 27th, 2018

Artists Image Resource
518 Foreland St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Photo by Mike Weber

 


Alloy Pittsburgh opening at Carrie Furnaces

My work will be part of the opening of Alloy Pittsburgh, a temporary art installation at the historic Carrie Blast Furnaces in Rankin, PA.

The opening reception is August 25th, 2018 from 1-4pm.  All artwork will remain on display through September 29th, 2018.  Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door and includes access to the Carrie Furnace grounds, nine Alloy Pittsburgh artist installations and complimentary light refreshments. To register in advance, go to https://www.showclix.com/event/alloy-pittsburgh-2018-opening.

Counter-Weights by Sophia Sobers

Click on the following for more information about Alloy Pittsburgh and the Rivers of Steel Arts.


Artists Who Teach opening at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

I will be exhibiting work as part of Artists Who Teach, an exhibition featuring contemporary artworks by 58 teaching artists from colleges and universities in southwestern Pennsylvania, which will be on view at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art from August 25 through November 25, 2018.

The opening reception for Artists Who Teach will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 6:30-8pm. The event will also serve as a special welcoming for the incoming Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO Anne Kraybill. The opening reception will be free, but guests can RSVP in advance at http://thewestmoreland.org/event/artists-who-teach-reception/.

This exhibition was organized by The Westmoreland’s Chief Curator Barbara L. Jones. Included in the exhibition are more than 100 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, stained glass and mixed media, all created using a wide range of mediums. The artists in the exhibition teach at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, Seton Hill University, Saint Vincent College, University of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and Westmoreland County Community College.


Site Visit to Carrie Furnace

I was invited to participate in Alloy Pittsburgh this year at the historic Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA. As part of the research process, the selected artists visit the site for a week for inspiration, lectures, and orientation. I look forward to putting together a project based on my inspiration from the site – the counter weight structure used to lift train carts up to dump material out.

Here is an image of me with an initial (small scale) prototype from the research week:

I look forward to sharing the final project in a few months!


CREATE! FESTIVAL Finalist

C L O U D has been selected as a finalist for 2018 CREATE! FESTIVAL’s Top Creative Arts Projects of the Year.

ABOUT THE 2018 CREATE! FESTIVAL
The 2018 CREATE! Festival features four main events: The International Creativity Summit, bringing together leaders from Americans for the Arts and the European Union to share ideas about the future of Creativity; IDEAfest, an afternoon exploring the power of creativity through talks, stories and performances; the Innovation Salon, an interactive exhibition and creative marketplace; and theCREATE! Awards Party, where art, tech, music, cocktails and food – and the people that make it all happen — come together to celebrate the best work in the Creative Industries this year.

Full details at createfestival.org


FluxBuddha at the Rubin Museum

I will be performing Four Quartets for the End of Time with Steve Pestana on April 21, 2018 at the Rubin Museum in New York. You can find us near the cafe and theater, towards the beginning of FLUX BUDDHA’s programming.

About FluxBuddha

Open mind gently. Avoid familiar thought patterns: These are the cautionary instructions for FluxBuddha, a provocative new interdisciplinary performance art experience happening at the Rubin Museum on Saturday April 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Conceived by Christopher “Doc” Kelley, FluxBuddha celebrates the creative connection between American Buddhism and the New York avant-garde movement which includes artists like John Cage and Yoko Ono.

FluxBuddha will feature spiritually infused installations and performances by a wide variety of artists and musicians including: Neel Murgai (Brooklyn Raga Massive), Jesse Jarnow (WFMU), Steven Pestana, Sophia Sobers, Bonita Oliver (French Leave), Julie Brown, Jascha Hoffman (Sounding NYC), Amy Carrigan, Matt Ruby (Comedy Cellar), Hannes Bend (ThoughtWorks), Michael Prettyman, Nicole Pierce (EgoArt), Lisa Levine (Maha Rose), Matthew Silver, Teddy Gage, Dylan Smith (Think Olio), Rob Haggerty, Lola Star, Maneesh Raj Madahar, Curtis Tamm, Omar Zubair and more.

FluxBuddha is part of the Rubin’s Brainwave Festival and will also include a panel discussion with neuroscientist David Eagleman.


Post-Earth, Opening Jan 6, 2018

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I am happy to announce the opening of POST-EARTH, a curatorial project I have been working on over the past year.

Opening Reception
Saturday, Jan 6th from 7-11pm

Index Art Center
2nd Fl, 237 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102
January 6th – February 1st 2018

POSTEARTH focuses on artists working with concepts of nature, structure, and meaning in a new political climate.

The trends of proposed 2018 governmental budget cuts to such agencies as the National Parks Organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency poses the question of what value does nature and the environment now hold in the modern world, especially as the very scientific structures and data created to protect and monitor the land is now under question?

The artists in POSTEARTH are working in a range of disciplines from drawing, sculpture, mixed media, to site specific installations. Their work explores our existence in the world, the physical structures we create to work with the land and our infrastructure, and their understanding and observations of the natural world.

Exhibiting artists are Katrina Bello, Cybele Collins, Lauren Comito, Dominique Duroseau, Alexis Elton, Dena Haden, Duy Hoàng, Delanie Jenkins, and Steven Pestana.

The opening reception is sponsored by 27 Mix and Kilkenny Alehouse.

Gallery hours are by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Gallery Contact: index.gallery@gmail.com862-218-0278

Duy Hoàng‘s work is the featured image.


SciArt Member of the Month

I have been chosen as SciArt’s “Member of the Month” for October 2017. I was asked a number of great questions by Kate Schwarting. You can read the interview here on the SciArt website.

Sophia Sobers Interview with SciArt


Bushwick Open Studios 2017

Bushwick Open Studios was a success this year! Steven Pestana and I opened our studio to 400 visitors, had endless enjoyable conversations, and more importantly, got to share insights into our process and work. Thank you to everyone who came out to visit!


Solo Exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh

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Liminal Conjunction

A solo exhibition by Sophia Sobers.

Reception: Thursday, February 9, 4-6pm
Artist Talk: February 10 at Noon

Open:
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
February 10 – March 23, 2017
CLOSED March 6-10

University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Arts Building
For more information: studioarts.pitt.edu – 412-648-2430

 

New Year, New Beginning at PCPA

I am happy to have a new photographic piece at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, as part of their inaugural group show, opening January 19th.

Opening Reception: January 19, 5-9pm

Dates: January 19 – February 11, 2017
At: Providence Center for Photographic Arts (formerly Peter Miller Fine Art)

For more information, click here


INDEX Fine Art Auction

I have a new piece available for Index Art Center’s Fine Art Auction in Newark, NJ.

Reception and silent auction: Saturday, December 10, 6 to 11pm.
Bidding ends at 10pm.

Index Art Center is proud to announce our 6th annual fundraiser and silent art auction. Index’s Fine Art Auction will present a unique opportunity to collect works of art by emerging and established artists! Proceeds will benefit the gallery so that we may continue our mission of presenting compelling exhibitions, multi-media events and workshops that help make Newark a worthwhile destination for the visual arts, music and independent film. We are very appreciative to have been able to continue where we left off after the fire that put us out of commission for almost a year back in 2013. This year is an especially important one as we have expanded to the ground floor, and we now occupy three full floors. This a big step for us and we’re counting on your support more than ever!

For more information, click here


TAB (Trestle Art Benefit)

I have a small drawing available to support Trestle Gallery for their annual benefit.

The Trestle Art Benefit is their annual fundraiser featuring artworks by local and national artists, and silent auction items and refreshments donated by local businesses. The work of over 80 artists was on view from November 11th, and the benefit event took place on Friday, December 9th. Ticket holders will select their favorite artwork, with VIP ticket holders awarded first choice.

For more information, click here


MBTI

I recently participated in a curatorial project by Brooke Erin Goldstein and Abigael McGuire. Featuring twelve collaborative pairs of artists of different mediums, the Matchup showcases the unique way artistic minds can come together and create fascinating works of art.

Exhibited at The Drawing Room, MBTI explores what the potential of collaborating can mean in art. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 18th, from 6-9pm.

A closing reception will also be held on Saturday, February 27th, from 6-9pm with collaborative drawing exercises open to the general public throughout the night. An artist round table discussion about the process of collaborating with with the personality type “perfect match” will be held at 7pm.

For more information, click here


Sophia Sobers: Garden Rooms at the AS220 Reading Room

I am pleased to announce Garden Rooms at AS220’s Reading Room, an exhibition of new work in the continuation of an ongoing series. Photographs on wood, animations from 3D scans, and an installation will be on display.

Reception: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 5-7 PM

Dates: The whole month of October

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 1-6 PM, Saturday 12-4 PM, and by appointment

Address: 93 Mathewson St, Providence, RI


The New Unconsciousness

I am pleased to have animations from Garden Rooms in SciArt Center’s exhibition The New Unconsciousness.

SciArt Center – Creations Gallery
Reception: Saturday, Oct 3rd, 5-7 PM

Gallery Hours:
Saturday, Oct 3, 6-9 PM (Opening Reception)
Sunday, Oct 4, 12-5

Address: 89 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009


Tangible Thinking at The VETS Gallery

I will be exhibiting a new installation as part of Tangible Thinking.

Reception: Friday, Sept 18th, 5:30-8 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, Sept 20th at the Chase Center Auditorium

Open until January, 2016

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12-3 PM, and by appointment.
Address: 83 Park St, Providence, RI 02903

Curated by Amy Leidtke
Presented by Art League of Rhode Island
@tangiblethink


Surroundings

I am happy to be part of SURROUNDINGS, a group exhibition curated by Seth Goodwin at Index Art Center in Newark, NJ. SURROUNDINGS is an exhibition of work stimulating a heightened awareness of ones surroundings. Whether overtly obvious or eerily surreptitious, this work uses objects and circumstances to alter something in the viewer’s proximity. The show includes artists who work with elements of physical space, sound, surveillance, and the manipulation of nature.

Reception: Saturday, Sept 12th, 7-10 PM

Dates: Sept 12th – Oct 2rd

Gallery Hours: Thursdays 6-9 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 1-4PM, and by appointment

Address: 237 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

www.indexartcenter.org


Burning Down The House

I am pleased to be a part of Burning Down The House, a group exhibition curated by Robert P. Stack of Yellow Peril Gallery, featuring an international roster of artists exploring issues of house and home in their work at Jamestown Arts Center from July 3 – August 15, 2015.

Reception: July 25, 6-8pm

Performance Evening: August 7, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm

Dates: July 3rd – August 11th 2015

Address: 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, RI 02835

The expression “Burn the house down” in clubs means to play music in a loud of frantic way in order to get the audience very excited. Similarly Yellow Peril Gallery holds as its mission to “exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building.” With Burning Down The House, we strive to excite the audience with engaging works exploring issues familiar to us all.

Artists: Jennifer Avery, Joan Backes, Frances F. Denny, Polibio Díaz, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Jon Laustsen, Philippe Lejeune, Jessica Deane Rosner, Quintín Rivera Toro, Carol Scavotto, Sophia Sobers.


Islands on the Edge at Atlantic Wharf Gallery

Please join me for the opening reception of Islands on the Edge this Tuesday, July 14th, from 5-7pm in Boston at Atlantic Warf Gallery.

The exhibition will be open from June 29th – September 25th, 2015

Curated by Elizabeth Devlin, independent curator, art consultant and founder of FLUX.Boston, Islands on the Edge explores the Harbor Islands and the concepts in the Islands’ interpretive theme, with drawing, painting, photography, video, mixed media, and sculptural installations by twenty-one artists.

Since their ancient formation by rising sea level, the Boston Harbor Islands have literally been on the edge of the continent, places where land meets sea. With the growth of Boston and its surrounding communities, the islands came to be unusual for their lack of inhabitants and development at the edge of a major metropolitan area. Figuratively, the Boston Harbor Islands have often been on the ‘edge of society’: places used to isolate people, institutions, and activities.

Artists: Judith Belben, Aaron John Bourque, Pogus Caesar, Laura Davidson, Phyllis Ewen, Silas Finch, Jeffrey Heyne, Steve Hollinger, Tova Katzman, Ian Kennelly, Lisa Knox, Karen McFeaters, Maureen McNamara, Nathaniel Meyer, Wendy Shapiro, Sophia Sobers, Christopher Squier, John Steck Jr., Gianna Stewart, Maureen Vezina, Sarah Wentworth.


Bushwick Open Studios: Seeking Space

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A new print based off of the Garden Rooms series is part of the launch party for Bushwick Open Studios.

Now celebrating its sixth year, Seeking Space, the official group art show of Bushwick OpenStudios will be hosted at Be Electric Studios (1298 Willoughby Ave), one of Bushwick’s premier photo studios and venue spaces.

The event, sponsored by Tumblr, will kick off with the BOS 2015 Launch Party on Friday, June 5, from 7-12am.

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Todo Bajo Control | Vernal Equinox

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I am pleased to be participating in the 3rd iteration of TODO BAJO CONTROL in Providence, RI. TODO BAJO CONTROL is a dynamic, multidisciplinary, live-art experience that brings together artists, activists and audiences from a wide range of aesthetic backgrounds and cultures.

In its third iteration and Providence-area debut, TODO BAJO CONTROL | VERNAL EQUINOX draws inspiration from the seasonal planetary tilt to present a two-part event. Join us and a selection of over thirty local, regional, and international artists as we celebrate this significant moment of transition, balance and ritual, beginning in the dark on Friday evening (at a mystery location)and emerging into the light on Saturday afternoon (at AS220).

Click HERE for more information.


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