ink, vinyl tape, hydrostone
The artist prepared for the installation by plotting lines on photographs.
For the geometric drawings within the space, the artist uses tape and text from acting theorist Stanislavski. The source of the material is Stanislavski's "System" trilogy on acting technique that focused on observation, objective examination, and personal perception, memory, and response.
The circle around the cone reads: "The Circle: I found myself in the center of the medium light circle. In such a small space as in this circle, you can use your concentrated attention to examine various objects in their most intricate details, and also to carry on more complicated activities such as defining shades of feeling and thought."
Text fragments appear on the walls: "The whole room was flooded with light." "One was very quick and the other very slow." "A word can arouse in him all five senses." "First I worked out a manner of walking." "This lighted space illustrates a small circle of attention." "With this newly placed voice I had developed..." "You, yourself, saw or rather you heard..."
Text on the ceiling: "The open sounds of the vowels were all directed to the same spot."
The text fragments on the frosted windows play off the shapes and diagrams in the room: "This That." "That was just it." "Then the..." "First." "One 2." "Here." "Over there." "In here." "With this."
Glabicki makes connections between geometric drawings in the gallery and the environment outside the gallery. A cone shape in the installation, for example, corresponds to a Victorian roof outside. One window is frosted, but leaves tiny openings to reveal a view of the PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Tower. Paul Glabicki career and creative work have been characterized by highly interdisciplinary activity centered in painting, drawing, and filmmaking, and extending into photography, installation art, video art, sound, and electronic media. His educational background includes a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University, and two MFA degrees (Painting, Filmmaking) at Ohio University. His exhibition career has included major film festivals, numerous individual and group screenings, and both national and international museum and gallery exhibitions. He has also taught and lectured as a visiting artist at institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He has taught at Ohio University (1975-76), and is now Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh.