Edited by Caitlin Cesa + Rachel Jones
What’s more “Pittsburgh” than cheering on the Steelers or putting a chair on the street to reserve your parking space? The beauty that stems from our city’s quirks and its residents’ personalities blending together. See how this month’s artists capture all three of these ideas through pastels, paints, and, of course, steel.
Casey Sommers and Angela Briggs were both born in Pittsburgh, where the art duo’s studio is located today. Working together under the epithet “Desaturated Worlds,” their pieces are included in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. Their work does not reference objective reality — rather, each piece captures the artists’ shared experience of a moment in time. Each piece can take up to a year to complete, as they slowly and intricately add layers of texture. Spontaneously feeding off of each other’s movements, emotions, and playfulness, their works evolve over time into sublime visual and tactile environments. desaturatedworlds.com.
Tempy Moore is the first female artist to be licensed by the NFL through the Deacon Jones Foundation. She is a self-taught portrait artist, influenced by her passion for Pittsburgh’s sports teams. Over the past 12 years, she has found herself traveling the East Coast, taking personal commissions from professional athletes, and exhibiting her artwork in the Canton Museum of Art as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Moore currently teaches in a private school on the fundamentals of art. There, she inspires her students through art and works to expand the current art program through a S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. artforyinz.com.
Sculptor Patrick Camut teaches high school art classes at Charleroi Area High School, is a tour guide with Just Ducky Tours, and is a full-time Welding Technology student at CCAC. Working with steel and welding processes, while also focusing on public art and sculptures, made CCAC the perfect school for him. Camut was recently selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to build a sculptural bike rack for the Cultural District. He created a 500-pound steel chair, utilizing the welding facilities and materials at CCAC alongside welding instructors Cody Stroud and John Ginther. The Parking Chair will be reserving a spot for cyclists in Downtown Pittsburgh in spring 2018! patrickcamut.com.