Brewer, German unveils the HOME to expose local artists, Homewood

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HOMEWOOD Artist Residency unveiled the HOME, a large-scale installation created by Homewood-based artists Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German.

The celebration took place last month but the display remains at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum.

The program included a poetry performance by seventh grade students from Lincoln Technology Academy. DJ duoTracksploitation provided the music.

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A LOOK AT HISTORY—John Brewer shows a guest taking the artist tour some of the history the art represents. A fabric book made into a history book with photos of the old and new Homewood is also on display. (Photos by J. L. Martello).

HOMEWOOD’s first residents, Tina Williams Brewer and Vanessa German, collaborated on this project, conceiving HOME.

Blending the memories and voices of Homewood’s residents into a 10-foot installation Brewer and German incorporated found objects from the neighborhood such as items from demolished Homewood homes, donated shoes and pockets, and old photos.

Brewer and German are nationally and internationally recognized artists who have a deep sense of community.

Brewer is known for her exploration of African-American history and the personal experiences associated with it.

She uses symbolism, textile and fabric to create story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women, children, and the spirituality of the culture.

Similarly, multi-disciplinary artist German draws upon the spirituality of African-American culture evidenced by her mixed-media tar baby sculptures.

HOMEWOOD Artist Residency is a new artist-in-residence program, initiated by The Andy Warhol Museum and based in Homewood.

The ultimate vision of HOMEWOOD is to rehabilitate abandoned homes in Homewood and split the homes into two spaces: living and studio/exhibition space for contemporary artists.

Each artist would be asked to create a project that reflects upon the overarching history and culture of Homewood.

The goal of HOMEWOOD is to support artists of color, bring diversity to the contemporary arts community in Pittsburgh, and to engage a community with limited access to the visual arts.

HOMEWOOD is generously supported by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund.

(For more information please contact Program Director Ingrid LaFleur at Ingrid.lafleur@gmail.com.)

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