July 23, 2020 - Mattress Factory - New exhibitions by Jennifer Angus and Shikeith
July 23, 2020

Mattress Factory

Jennifer Angus, The Grasshopper and the Ant, 2019. Various insects, beeswax, dollhouses, wood tables, cuckoo clock, circular frames.  Image courtesy of the artist.

New exhibitions by Jennifer Angus and Shikeith

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Wednesday 11am–8pm,
Thursday–Sunday 11am–5pm

T +1 412 231 3169

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The Mattress Factory announces two upcoming solo exhibitions by artists Jennifer Angus and Shikeith. The two new site-specific installations are set to open on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 and will be on view at the museum’s Monterey Annex until early 2021. The opening date is subject to change due to COVID-19.

“The Mattress Factory is honored and excited to show new site-specific installations by Shikeith and Jennifer Angus. The work of both artists is enthralling, thought-provoking, and dynamic, and I look forward to visitors’ engagement with the exhibitions,” says Hayley Haldeman, Interim Executive Director.

Jennifer Angus
Angus, who primarily works with dead and dried insects, draws upon her background in textile design, placing thousands of insects on walls in patterns that mimic those of textiles and wallpaper. Upon discovering that the ornate patterns are formed from insects, viewers feelings typically fluctuate between incredulity and amazement, and very occasionally terror. Over time, Angus’ work has evolved to explore issues related to the environment and the important role insects play within it. “I feel an urgency to continue to make work that draws attention to some of our planet’s lowliest creatures for, simply speaking, without insects man cannot survive,” says Angus.

Angus’ work is titled The Museum of All Things.

Shikeith’s work is an assemblage of wonder and personal truths that focus on the metamorphoses of Black men, especially within a society that denies these men their erotic and reconciliatory potential. His work seeks to consider the interior, both his own, as well as, other Black men through emphasizing photography, sculpture, and filmmaking to examine the fantastic as it relates and complicates personal autobiography and self-making. “I aim to make artwork that moves beyond a focus on the bodies of black men but into the deepness of our psyches where identities are formed and black manhood can be imagined as an indeterminate and unfixed space.”

Shikeith’s work is titled Feeling The Spirit In The Dark.

About the artists

Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. Most recently she received the inaugural Forward Art Prize, a new unrestricted award for outstanding women artists of Wisconsin.

Angus’ exhibition In the Midnight Garden, was part of Wonder the inaugural exhibition that reopened the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. She was one of nine artists selected by curator Nicholas Bell for this landmark exhibition.

Shikeith is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and now lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a BA from The Pennsylvania State University (2010) and an MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art (2018). Within overlapping practices of visual art and film making, he investigates the  experiences of black men within and around concepts of psychic space, the blues, and black queer fugitivity. He has shared his work nationally and internationally through recent exhibitions and screenings that include The Language Must Not Sweat, Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Notes Towards Becoming A Spill, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; Shikeith: This was his body/His body finally his, MAK Gallery, London, UK; Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; A Drop of Sun Under The Earth, MOCA LA, Los Angeles, CA; Labor Relations, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland; and Black Intimacy: An Evening With Shikeith, MoMA, New York, NY. He is a 2019 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants.


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Wednesday 10am–8pm

T +1 412 231 3169 / info [​at​] mattress.org

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