Jason Van Anden - September Announcements
Neil and Iona   Decode at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
October 12, 2007- January 6, 2008
Lecture and Reception: Friday, October 12, 2007. 5:30-8 p.m.


Decode is a multimedia exhibition showcasing the work of two artists: Jason Van Anden and Christy Matson. Experienced in traditional art-making processes - Van Anden in sculpture and Matson in weaving - both have integrated time honored methods with digital technologies. From sounds and projections to video games and robots, Van Anden and Matson's work engages the senses and challenges perceptions in compelling and innovative ways.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild's Kerr Gallery will feature Jason Van Anden's life-sized emotive robots, Neil and Iona, from October 12, 2007- January 6, 2008. An artist lecture and reception will be held on Friday, October 12, 2007 from 6-9 p.m. The week preceding this opening, Van Anden will conduct a weeklong workshop with 10-12 students from Pittsburgh Schools at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on Pittsburgh's North side. Students participating in this workshop will be challenged to collaborate in the creation of an interactive piece that explores improvisational concepts and is inspired by the artist's online videogame Farklempt!

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a multi-discipline arts and learning center that complements traditional humanities education with studio-based art and performance programs that help catalyze academic achievement. MCG Youth serves Pittsburgh School students through year-round programs and, in conjunction with MCG Arts, promotes cultural discovery and empathy by connecting diverse accomplished artists to young people and their communities.

Neil and Iona made possible thanks to the generous support of the Finishing Fund.

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
1815 Metropolitan Street.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233