Over the past decade, Pittsburgh has enjoyed an increasingly diverse and robust creative culture. With the rise of the tech industry and the continued success of the city’s many educational and cultural institutions, this former industrial center has become a magnet for creative individuals from all over the world, many of whom are looking to establish themselves in the global market of art and design.
412 MADE was conceived by its founding members to serve these individuals by developing an avenue from which Pittsburgh-based artists and designers could create new work, launch ideas, connect with one another, and showcase work to regional and national audiences.
Each year, Architectural Digest selects artists and designers to present their work at its annual home design show in New York City.This year the artists and designers of 412 MADE were selected to showcase their work alongside the best and brightest talent in the design and art world – a Pittsburgh first.
From March 19 -22, 2015, 412 MADE will showcase new work from an art and design team working in photography, painting, sculpture, mixed-media, and furniture design. As part of our effort, 412 MADE will create a magazine that tells the story of Pittsburgh's creative community, its artists and designers.
The goal of this campaign is to raise funds necessary to get us to New York City to participate in this show. We’ve all invested our personal resources to cover our expenses but we’re still falling short. We need your support to cover packaging, rental of two trucks to get us to NYC, storage space, fuel, tolls, and parking.
KILOLO LUCKETT - Director/Producer of 412 MADE
Kilolo is an independent arts manager, cultural producer, and writer. As director/producer of 412 MADE, she works with creative entrepreneurs in the furniture, homegoods and fine art industries to help them connect and collaborate with one another, and to develop and expand into regional and national networks. With over fifteen years of experience in the arts, culture and community and economic development fields, Kilolo is committed to making art and culture more accessible and providing greater opportunities for independent artists and designers. In addition to 412 MADE, Kilolo has founded the Naomi Sims Project, a research initiative that will result in an authorized biography and exhibition on Naomi Sims, the first black supermodel. She is also managing project director of the Homewood Artist Residency in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum. Kilolo serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s Art Commission and YMCA Homewood-Brushton board.
ATTICUS ADAMS - Metal Fiber and Installation Artist
Atticus is a metal fiber sculptor whose work embodies the transformative power of art to create beauty, meaning, and emotional impact from industrial materials. Using mostly aluminum mesh—generally found in screen doors/windows and filters—he creates abstract pieces and installations, which sometimes resemble flowers, clouds, and other natural phenomena. He works spontaneously, feeling his way toward the objects that take shape in mind as he shapes them almost entirely by hand. To some pieces he adds color and texture by applying paint or broken auto glass. Atticus’s work is featured in the corporate collections of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, PNC, Dinette and other private collections globally.
GAVIN BENJAMIN - Photographer and Mixed-Media Artist
Gavin is a multi-faceted artist with backgrounds in commercial photography, painting, printmaking, and interior and product design. An internship in his freshman year with legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman fueled his passion for photography and led him to other opportunities and work for photographers Steven Meisel and Kelly Klein. He continued to gain valuable experience as a photo editor for projects for Hachette Filipacchi and Esquire Magazines, Kenneth Cole Productions, Sony Style, Neiman Marcus and Time Life, all seeding his ideas and creativity for his fine art photo-based works. Gavin’s various home accessories and fine art works have been featured in numerous national and regional publications including Interior Design, V Magazine, Clear, City Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Post and Glass Review.
MIA TARDUCCI HENRY - Artist
Mia is a painter. Her artwork is a mix of paintings and painted objects that speak to the way she communicates emotions. Mia’s work demonstrates the physical activity and materiality of painting. She is 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year by Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Mia was featured in the North East Issue (110) of New American Paintings and won best oil award at the Wide Open 3 exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, which was juried by Charlotte Kotik, independent curator and former chairwoman of the Department of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum. Mia’s work is in several corporate collections including PNC, Children’s Hospital, The Fairmont Pittsburgh, law firm Ogletree Deakins and in private collections around the world.
RYAN LAMMIE - Sculptural Artist
Ryan is a sculptural painter. Ryan uses found objects, industrial materials, and domestic waste as source material for creating multi-dimensional monochromatic light-driven work. Ryan was awarded the Elizabeth Stokel Battell Fellowship Award at Pratt Institute and attended the Yale Norfolk Residency, in 2011. Ryan’s work has been featured in the North East Issue (110) of New American Paintings, the 2014 Sabika Fashion Show, the 103rd AAP Annual Exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Biennial, and Next Pittsburgh. Lammie has provided open studio experiences to classes at Pitt, CMU, Point Park, as well as a few collector groups from the Carnegie, Warhol, and Mattress Factory Museums.
URBAN TREE - Jason Boone and Nathan Lucas, Designers/Craftsmen
Co-owned by Jason Boone and Nathan Lucas, Urban Tree specializes in creating natural playgrounds and custom furniture from aging urban trees. Adapting established large-scale forestry techniques for the urban environment, they have carved out an exclusive niche in the regional market. Urban Tree has successfully worked with residential, commercial and institutional clients. Urban Tree’s clients include PNC, The Fairmont Pittsburgh, Butcher and the Rye, Legume Bistro, Phipps Conservatory, Union Pig & Chicken and Waldorf School to name a few.
Risks and challenges
We've spent our own money to purchase art supplies and equipment, and to cover fees for the design show. We've also created new work specifically for this show. It's risky for us to make such a big personal financial commitment, but we are committed to making this happen and to representing Pittsburgh in New York City!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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