The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents LOCHER + LOCHER, an exhibition of over 80+ works and hours of unseen VHS videos from siblings Brandon Locher and Olivia Locher. The Locher siblings were born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania--Brandon in 1985 and Olivia in 1990. Olivia moved to Manhattan in 2009 to pursue a BFA in Photography at The School of Visual Arts. Brandon and Olivia have shared an apartment in Manhattan since 2015 and closely observe, oversee, and assist with one another's work and practices. Olivia's colorful studio photographs are confrontational and often hilarious while raising a more serious point about politics and social conventions, while Brandon's monochromatic drawings each display a unique approach and convolution in their intricacies. This marks the Lochers' debut solo exhibition showcasing their individual works paired together, side by side.
In 2007, Brandon Locher co-founded My Idea of Fun, an art and music archive based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania that features over 350 releases, including a vast collection of over 100 of his own individual music and visual art projects, as well as other collaborations. Brandon is self-taught without any formal art education and in 2012 began working on his ongoing drawing portfolio Mazes to the Motherlode, largely represented in this exhibition. Since 2014, Brandon has collaborated with the independent record label Ghostly International on various products and limited edition art prints. His music and visual art has been profiled in publications such as Vice, Hi-Fructose Magazing, AdHoc, i-D, Instagram Music Blog, and Tiny Mix Tapes. His time-based audio piece Conversations is available on UbuWeb, a web-based resource of avant-garde material founded in 1996 by Kenneth Goldsmith and was exhibited at Griesbadgalerie, Ulm, Germany in 2016.
Olivia Locher approaches studio photography though satire and a heavy focus on concept. Her images are constructed to be bright, crisp, and readable while inspired by the tension between the comedic and tragic plus the pull of high versus low. Olivia’s visual aesthetic references advertising and commercial photography, enabling her to create images that are instantly digestible and tailored for the digital age. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; Aperture Foundation, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; Science Gallery, London; and Fashion Space Gallery, London. Her work has been profiled in publications including The New York Times: T Magazine, Vogue, PBS, i-D, Buzzfeed, Interview Magazine, Wired, W Magazine, Glamour, and The Huffington Post. Olivia's first monograph, I Fought the Law was published by Chronicle Books in September 2017 and features a foreword by poet Kenneth Goldsmith and an interview of Locher by Eric Shiner, former director of the Andy Warhol Museum. Locher was a recipient of Forbes 30 Under 30 Art & Style for 2018.
Through May 12