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The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.

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Paul Schifino


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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Curated by Katherine Talcott

Artist Statement

I don’t know what it is about certain things that just stick in my head lately—a face, a song, or a number. For the last few years, I have found that when I glance at the clock, it is either 1:11, or 11:11. It doesn’t matter, day or night. I do see other numbers, but this sequence always seems to jump out at me. Why? Is it a coincidence... or are these mystical numbers, my numbers? Lately, when it happens, I feel a little like I’m trapped in an episode of the Twilight Zone... in a sort of TW1L1GHT T1ME. Special thanks: John Kirsh, Mark Janicko, Katherine Talcott, Owen Smith, Who New!



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.

Curated by Katherine Talcott


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