Haylee Ebersole

 

I’m really excited to share the work of Pittsburgh-based artist Haylee Ebersole with you because she uses an unusual material – dehydrated gelatin. Four years ago she bought 100 pounds of the stuff, learned about its chemistry, and has been using that same quantity to create her sculptures over and over again. Different additives create different textures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mattress Factory

Vanessa German, sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies., 2017

This past weekend I visited the Mattress Factory here in Pittsburgh for the first time in years. The non-traditional museum was founded in 1977 in an old mattress factory by artists to support artists, working in residence to create site-specific installations. Since then the museum has presented and commissioned new installation and performance works by more than 750 artists, and grown to take up three buildings in the city’s Mexican War Streets neighborhood. The museum supports established and emerging artists through a residency program that provides leadership, guidance, resources, and opportunities to create artwork that is unconventional, challenging and thought-provoking. The flexibility and inventiveness offered allows artists to respond to developments in technology, explore audience interaction, and challenge traditional artistic ideals and practices.

 

Dennis Maher, A Second Home, 2016

 

Dennis Maher, A Second Home, 2016

 

Dennis Maher, A Second Home, 2016

 

Dennis Maher, A Second Home, 2016

 

Dennis Maher, A Second Home, 2016

 

Vanessa German, sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies., 2017

 

Vanessa German, sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies., 2017

 

David Pohl, furniture music, 2017

 

David Pohl, furniture music, 2017

 

David Pohl, furniture music, 2017

 

 

William Anastasi, Untitled (Calisthenic Series), 1997

 

Vanessa Sica and Chris Kasabach, Unbrella, 2009

 

Allan Wexler, Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, 1988

 

David Ellis, Summer Quintet #17, 2017

 

Jene Highstein, Untitled, 1986

 

Bill Woodrow, Ship of Fools: Discovery of Time, 1986

 

Sarah Oppenheimer, 610-3356, 2008

 

Meg Webster, Solar Grow Room, 2017

 

Meg Webster, Solar Grow Room, 2017

 

Allan Wexler, Sculpting Gravity​, 2017

 

Allan Wexler, Sculpting Gravity​, 2017

 

Allan Wexler, Sculpting Gravity​, 2017

 

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Dots, 1996

 

Yayoi Kusama, Repetitive Vision, 1996

 

James Turrell, Catso, Red, 1994

 

Rolf Julius, Red, 1996

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A Little Variety with Purely Fancy Feast Filets

 

Everyone in my house eats grain-free, including me most of the time, so having healthy foods on hand is a must.  And just like my own diet, I like to approach my pets’ diets with a little variety. They may not notice the time and care I put into their food choices, but I know they’re healthier for it and that goes a long way towards my ultimate plan of owning the first immortal cats and dogs. (Mwahahaha!)

 

 

A new addition to my cats’ food plans is Purely Fancy Feast Filets. They’re 100% natural filets of real seafood or chicken with no preservatives that can be fed any number of ways. I recruited my cat Rainey to try out all three types of filets – salmon, white meat chicken, and tuna. We opened the salmon first and flaked a bit of it over her everyday kibble, a healthy way to change up the same thing she’s eaten twice a day for the past four years. I knew it was a hit before she even tasted it because her little paws hit the stairs and she came running down before I even called her name!

 

 

 

Next up was what turned out to be Rainey’s favorite, the white meat chicken. I simply broke up the little filet into pieces she could nibble on and set it out for her to discover – which didn’t take long. This option even received her patented “prey shake” before each bite (she reserves it for the foods she approves of most).

 

 

 

The last taste test was the tuna. I set out the entire filet to see what she would do, and I wasn’t sure if Rainey would grab it and run to enjoy elsewhere or just eat off the plate I had set out. Turns out it was a little of both! After licking it all over she took a few bites and then carried it over to her food bowl to enjoy.

 

 

 

Purely Fancy Feast Filets couldn’t have been a bigger hit! I love that you can tell exactly what you’re getting before even opening the package – real food, no by-products, no preservatives. I’m looking forward to introducing them to my two seniors diets as well because I know they’re going to love them just as much.

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