SNAPSHOT: A One Week Show opens Saturday, March 24th at UnSmoke Systems Artspace

SnapshotSNAPSHOT: A One Week Show, a group exhibition featuring painting by Mariana Escribano, sculpture by Dee Briggs, and photography by Ross Mantle, opens Saturday, March 24th from 5pm – 9pm at Braddock’s UnSmoke Systems Artspace. Admission is free.

SNAPSHOT features the work of three artists who are all passing through time and space together in Braddock. They each have taken a snapshot of their work through the lens of their relationship to Braddock and the Mon Valley. Escribano, a native of Mexico City, currently lives in Braddock, Briggs’ steel sculptures were fabricated in our community, and Mantle has worked extensively in the Mon Valley and previously exhibited in our space.

The event is the first of the season at UnSmoke Systems Artspace and will include free drinks and wood-fired pizza baked in Braddock’s community pizza oven. After the opening, SNAPSHOT will be available to view through April 1st by appointment only.  Ross Mantle

Unrelated to SNAPSHOT but also on the evening of March 24th, Karina Goulordava and Sean Neely will present their video installation, I Am Palestine, in UnSmoke’s outdoor courtyard.  I Am Palestine aims to construct a new narrative using short interviews with Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, within Israel and in the Diaspora. A twenty-minute collection of these videos will be projected onto an installation representing a section of the Wall.

Mariana EscribanaMariana Escribano lives and works in Mexico City, where she has painted since 1996.  The last seven months, she has created a new series of paintings while living in Braddock, PA, directly across from the last major steel mill in Pittsburgh, the Edgar Thompson Works.  Combining fragments of figures found in the industrial landscape around her, with abstract backgrounds and grids, she fuses abstract and figurative art, creating a new post-abstract post-figurative art.  Her work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries in Mexico, Spain, and Canada.

Dee Briggs lives and works in New York and Pittsburgh primarily in the area of sculpture. Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and educated as an architect Briggs works primarily with building materials and has a particular focus on steel. In 1986, at the age of 17, she moved from this area to New York City in the midst of the collapse of the steel industry. The industrial landscape of Western Pennsylvania and the materials made here left a lasting impression on Briggs and have become central to her art practice. Her work included in SNAPSHOT is made of steel and was fabricated in Braddock.

Ross Mantle splits time between his native Pittsburgh, Pa. and Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a graduate of Ohio University and his photographs have appeared in publications including Bloomberg BusinessweekMonocle, The FADER, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ross’ work often focuses on contemporary American life with particular interest in the Rust Belt. Mantle’s photographs included in this exhibition are from the early stages of a new project with the working title, California, Pa. The work is about the facades we create to disassociate from the unsettled, fragile spaces that we live in, fight against and attempt to control.

UnSmoke Systems Artspace, a project of Braddock Redux, is a former Catholic school building that has been repurposed into a gallery/events venue and artist studio spaces. Inspired by the industrial character and the historical importance of Braddock, UnSmoke Systems seeks to further open the community to those with unconventional and forward-thinking notions about the reuse of urban space and to help reinvigorate this once-bustling town.  For more information, visit or email