This past July, I moved from Brooklyn– with it’s hyper-saturated art scene– to a much smaller Pittsburgh. I lived in NYC for almost 20 years, and even though I was quite spoiled by the volume of fine art culture there, I somehow knew things would be happening in Pittsburgh, too. Slowly but surely, I am learning that an art scene *is* here… it might just take me a little time to piece together the map of its parts.
This past weekend, I made my first trip t0 Silver Eye Center for Photography in the South Side for their (3rd) annual book fair. If you haven’t been to this event, it’s kind of like the NY Art Book Fair or the LA Art Book Fair, only at a teeny fraction of the size. But while the market for fine art books in Pittsburgh might be smaller than the aforementioned Coasts, the quality of work inside Silver Eye’s walls was very high.
One of my favorite exhibitors was Minneapolis-based Mystery Spot Books. I picked up “Scanned Land” by Chad Rutter, and I would suggest that you do too… it’s only $5!
Artist: Chad Rutter
Scanned Land is a project that uses an HP flatbed scanner as a tool for exploring the physical attributes of sites and their larger land features.
Edition size: 250, Offset Printing, 12 Pages | $5
Excerpt from “Scanned Land” by Chad Rutter (photo: Mystery Spot Books)