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Art Day!!

The hubster and I went to The Mattress Factory Art Museum.

Infinity room love:

Ceiling shot!

Light used to create architecture, this was a long loop and completely fascinating at it made the flat boards on the walls look 3D.

Andrew Ellis Johnson
Descension, 2011
Imaginings, beliefs, aspirations depart to individual realms.
Gravity, hunger, need unite at this solitary hole.
Nomad, cultivator (and tourist) dwell on this immutable clod.
Cradles quake, civilizations submit, revolutions orbit this steady sand.

The camera holds, camels bend, grass falls, and insects crawl — a glimpse of our collective Egypt.

You can buy a hand for $100 and it goes directly to a local food bank.

My Offering, 2011
plaster, bread (donated by Breadworks)

Artist statement:

I have not escaped the memories of the victims’ hands asking food and help in the aftermath of the Nagis cyclone that hit Burma’s delta in 2008. When my wife and I were doing relief work with other friends, I saw the many hands of people who were hungry for food, for safety, for kindness and for others. We continue to see countless hands like these all over the world today.

There are countless hungry people who are running and hiding because of civil war and war aggressions, who lost their job because of crises, and who are trying to survive under a dictatorship. They raise their hands with hunger and questions that are important to solve to stay alive.


Over My Dead Body, 2011
Raw interviews by Holly Thuma. Sound re-mastered and designed by Mark Bellaire. Prints andsubway installation designed by Noha Redwan. Graffiti art by Matt J. Hunter.

Artist statement:

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed “
-Albert Einstein

Emily Laychack and evolving revolutionary works from SITES OF PASSAGE artists, curated by Tavia La Follette, until the closing on January 8th, 2012
Tahrir2, 2011
Printed photos, sound, mixed media and public phone audio installation

Artists statements: Tahrir Square has become the soapbox of Egypt. It is a place, a space that the Egyptians took on January 25th, as theirs. It is a physical square where people can voice their grievances, celebrate their victories, be heard and organize. The Egyptians refuse to give it up and on Fridays after prayer, people gather to express themselves. It is forum, a vehicle and an instrument for demanding Change. It is a place of violence, anger, peace and reconciliation. We are bringing it here to Pittsburgh by exhibiting off site projects, performance and revolutionary acts by our local and Egyptian artists. Tahrir 2 is an “Arab Spring, an American Fall and hopefully a World Winter” (taken from a virtual lab discussion between Tavia La Follette and Noha Redwan). 

–Curator, Tavia La Follette 

My vision as a Firefly artist is to build tunnels within the Pittsburgh community and from that community to the rest of world. I am concerned with the lack of progressive participation from the greater Pittsburgh community in world and local issues when this year especially has seen interconnected events in world history from the unrest and struggle of humanity and nature. Tahrir 2 exhibits this sentiment with a letter from Noha Redwan to the world the day after the U.S. captured/killed Osama Bin Laden; sounds from Tahrir Square; collaborative sound with Azmaa Ezzat , Hend Sameer, and Walied Kamel; and an interview with political cartoonist Gary Huck during the workers’ demonstration in Wisconsin. 

–Emily Laychak


This room and the subsequent photos – titled "It’s all about me, not you". it was a locked room with windows, sorry about the dimness. As I started clicking I said, "You know there is one person who will appreciate these photos," and chuckled. Dave said, "MontiLee…" AKA 


It was a good good trip!

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