February 19, 2013
The Mattress Factory celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exhibition of work by Detroit-based artists Jessica Frelinghuysen, Scott Hocking, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, Russ Orlando, Frank Pahl and Design99. These artists are using abandoned buildings in their community to create site-specific installations and architectural interventions as a way of reinvigorating neighborhoods devastated by the economic downturn. The artists’ edgy creativity and entrepreneurship recall the same spirit at play during the founding of the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh’s North Side 35 years ago.
Jessica Frelinghuysen creates “portable” architectural spaces that provide a whimsical approach to the concept of architectural intervention. She involves her audiences in personal encounters, communication and new perceptions by having them wear and inhabit her portable structures, such as backpacks for children holding plant seedlings that could be planted when needed. She holds a M.Arch. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and has exhibited her work and presented performances throughout the country.