My Subject
by Paul Peng

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May 23 - July 5

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Laurie Trok is a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist. She studied classical flute performance at Duquesne University before finding her footing as a visual artist.

Laurie’s work both poses questions and imagines alternatives. At the heart she holds a disciplined approach to play, be it with frosting or felt. The ephemeral world of food and music continues to challenge and inform her studio practice. Food became more central to her practice during the pandemic when she started getting serious about baking and creating edible sculptures for community consumption (cake!).

Laurie has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Laurie lives with her partner and two young children in Penn Hills. They are the best art teachers she has had to date.

Laurie Trok is a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist. She studied classical flute performance at Duquesne University before finding her footing as a visual artist.

Laurie’s work both poses questions and imagines alternatives. At the heart she holds a disciplined approach to play, be it with frosting or felt. The ephemeral world of food and music continues to challenge and inform her studio practice. Food became more central to her practice during the pandemic when she started getting serious about baking and creating edible sculptures for community consumption (cake!).

Laurie has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Laurie lives with her partner and two young children in Penn Hills. They are the best art teachers she has had to date.

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exhibition statement

Any representational artist must contend with what it means for their art to be both real and not real, but this question gains a fraught edge for those artists who draw less from their observations—how the real world actually affects them—and more from their desires—how they want the real world to affect them instead. In My Subject, Paul Peng insists that his desires already exist in the real world: as real drawings and real pictures, brought about by his singularly intensive approach to improvising and rendering scenes from simple pencil and paper. Described by the artist as “drawings of monster boys in situations” and contextualized through the folk art of furry subcultures and cartoon fandoms, the works in this exhibition aim to honor their picturehood as the real look that happens when something looks at something else, even when those somethings themselves do not exist in the real world.

Flour, sugar, egg whites, vegetable oil, hojicha tea infused butter, whole milk, sour cream, preserved lemon, strawberries, sumac

March 28th 2024

1 of 11

Flour, sugar, egg whites, vegetable oil, hojicha tea infused butter, whole milk, sour cream, preserved lemon, strawberries, sumac

March 31st 2024

2 of 11

Flour, brown sugar, eggs, black cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee, butter, salt, baking soda, pistachios, confectioners sugar, salt, pistachio oil, bay leaves, cream

April 5th, 2024

3 of 11

Flour, brown sugar, eggs, black cocoa powder, dark chocolate, coffee, butter, salt, baking soda, pistachios, confectioners sugar, salt, pistachio oil, bay leaves, cream

April 7th 2024

4 of 11

Paul Peng is a good artist who makes drawings and shows some of them. This showing has happened in multiple group and solo exhibitions across Greater Pittsburgh and occasionally outside of it. He has also provided illustrations for Talk Magazine Issue 04 (2022), the LUCKYME Advent Calendar 22 music compilation (2022), and ECOTONE Vol. 1, a drawing anthology published by Cram Books (2023). He has been an artist-in-residence with the Brew House Association’s Distillery Emerging Artists Program (2020–2021) and the Ox-Bow School of Art (2023), and will be an artist-in-residence with Stove Works in late 2024.

Alongside his art practice, Paul is a roller coaster enthusiast, a programming language design hobbyist, and an aspiring competitive DanceDanceRevolution player. He holds a “BCSA” in Computer Science and Art from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives and works from Pittsburgh, PA.

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