Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Porous Sediments at 707 Penn Gallery


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Jessica Warchall, Visual Arts Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Diana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

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March 7 – April 13, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery
Exhibition Opening & Reception | March 7 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of artist Haylee Ebersole’s exhibition Porous Sediments. On view at the Trust’s 707 Penn Gallery March 7–April 13, 2014, the installation features an array of vaporous sculptural objects with surfaces suggestive of skin, soap, ice, and rock. An opening reception will be held Friday, March 7, 2014, from 6–8 p.m., at 707 Penn Gallery.

The objects on display allude both to the cyclical nature of existence and to the slow forming processes of geological structures. Using a variety of techniques—printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and performance—Ebersole engages in temporality, investigating the transformative potential of ideas, materials, and actions through an alchemical approach.

“While the term porous describes the material nature of this work, it also embodies a particular way of thinking and making,” says artist Haylee Ebersole. “In my practice, each process is permeable where the actions and residuals from one become the generative premise for the next.”

A primary element of Ebersole’s work is its potential for change. Working with gelatin, which she suggests mimics qualities of the human body, fluctuating in response to moisture and heat, creates possibilities for continuous transformation. The displacement of air and shifts in humidity levels may cause the delicate gelatin sculptures to waver or suddenly collapse. In Ebersole’s process, each gelatin form is eventually reconstituted, representing a cyclical state and continually coming into and out of being.

Haylee Ebersole received a bachelor of fine art in printmaking from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO, and a master of fine art in printmaking from Ohio University, Athens, OH. She has presented her artistic research at several conferences hosted by the College Art Association, Mid America College Art Association, and the Southern Graphics Council International. Ebersole has extensively exhibited her work nationally, with numerous exhibitions in her home state of Colorado and in Ohio.

About 707 Penn Gallery
707 Penn Gallery is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 707 Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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