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Paul Schifino

Portrait of James Church (sort of)

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Paul Schifino is a graphic artist. In a tribute to a friend, another local artist, he employs a play on words and images. The Shakespearean "What’s in a name?" takes on an unexpected turn. A pamphlet is supplied for the visitor which allows the work to be recreated at home.

When

2003

About The Artist

Paul Schifino received his degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1979. Mr. Schifino’s professional work has received national and international recognition from design publications including Communication Arts (CA), Graphis, Print, and How Magazine. Mr. Schifino is a regular contributor to ReadyMade magazine, and his personal work has been included in shows at the Andy Warhol Museum (AMP), TRAF Gallery (By Design), and the TRAF (Best of Pittsburgh Show.) Mr. Schifino has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and is a former member of the Advisory Boards of the American Shorts Reading Series, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Cultural Exchange.

Paul Schifino is a graphic artist. In a tribute to a friend, another local artist, he employs a play on words and images. The Shakespearean "What’s in a name?" takes on an unexpected turn. A pamphlet is supplied for the visitor which allows the work to be recreated at home.

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