For “8-Hour Projects” each artist has been assigned a wall or floor space of approximately 12 feet by 12 feet, and the artists will be working with a variety of materials. The artists are: John Alexander, Edinboro; Cheryl Capezzuti, Pittsburgh; Jerel Dye, Waltham, Mass.; Dan Franke, Pittsburgh.; Faith Johnson, Boston, Mass.; Ryan Kelly, Philadelphia; Julie Lohnes, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Carin Mincemoyer, Pittsburgh; Lorri Ott, Medina, Ohio; the Reverend Daisher Rocket, Greensburg; and 2001 Allegheny graduate Eva Wylie, Philadelphia.
Johnson’s performance and installation project in the Megahan Gallery, “Between Breaths (Capturing Disappearance),” explores the artist’s anxiety about mortality. During the exhibition she will capture her breath by blowing into a clear plastic sphere. The sphere will gradually fill the gallery with Ms. Johnson’s presence as it expands and takes shape from more than 3,000 breaths. At the end of the exhibition, on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m., the collected breath will be released in a long exhale with the help of audience participation.
In the gallery courtyard, Lohnes will create an installation with an active sound component. In the Campus Center atrium, Mincemoyer will build a mobile-like installation that will hang overhead. All other artists will work inside the gallery space.
Presentation of these exhibitions and lectures is supported in part by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Arts Council of Erie.