"What are men thinking? About themselves, their families, their jobs, their lives, their bodies, their future, their fathers, their sons, their lovers, their mothers, their sisters, their religion, their sexuality, their gender, their death? What is important to them and why? When do they feel like they have made contributions that mean something to them, to others? What is considered when making life decisions? These questions intrigue us. Although the way men are portrayed by themselves and others has certainly expanded, the stereotype of men only caring about sex, money, sports, and gadgets (not necessarily in that order) abunds. That is certainly not the picture of the men we know in our lives. Our relatives, colleagues, and partners all seem more complicated than that. But how to get to those stories? Taking Stock aims to do this by asking men to respond to the question 'what do you do that makes you feel valuable?'"
Two Girls Working is the collaboration of artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. Their installation at SPACE Gallery for the Pittsburgh Biennial is the first presentation of their second project, Taking Stock, which presents men’s responses to the question: what do you do that makes you feel valuable? Their fir st project, Trappings, explored the meaning and presentation of power in women’s lives. They published Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing with Rutgers University Press and developed a national, traveling exhibition featuring interviews with 600 women. They have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. The Trappings archive is housed at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliff Institute of Harvard University. For more information, and to listen to all of the Trappings interviews visit www.twogirlsworking.com.