Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Artist Uses Work to Question Our Value System

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Artist Uses Work to Question Our Value System

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"Dee Briggs: The Perception of Value," a solo exhibition of new work, is at The Mine Factory in Homewood through Nov. 28.

Ms. Briggs is nationally known for large abstract steel sculptures that have seemingly impossible fluidity considering their material, and those are included here. Also exhibited are works from "The House of Gold" project, a house adjacent to her Wilkinsburg studio that the artist painted gold in advance of a "gentle demolition" funded by more than $30,000 raised on Kickstarter (

She'll speak at 7 p.m. Friday about the project, including neighborhood response to it and the process of taking the house apart in a way that preserves much of the material for re-use. She'll also raise issues of how we assign value by comparing the craftsmanship of the house builders to her own art making, and the fate of an abandoned house to the presentation of artwork on a pedestal or in a frame.

The gallery at 201 N. Braddock Ave. (across from the East End Food Co-op) is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (closed Thanksgiving) or by appointment at 412-370-6916. Admission is free. A closing reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28.

The Mine Factory, co-founded by artist Mia Tarducci Henry, is an exhibition/studio/rental space within a six-story, red-brick building that once was the Mine Safety Appliance factory. Several private artist and design studios are in the building. The portion of the building that is The Mine Factory comprises Ms. Henry's studio, a gallery and a collective studio with rental space for four individual artists.

Individuals or groups submit exhibition proposals to Ms. Henry and she selects from those, scheduling shows about four months out. Sometimes smaller events, like a talk, are held in the space. Exhibitors curate and hang their shows, and determine gallery hours (

The first exhibition was held in June 2013 and Ms. …

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