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Paul Rosenblatt

Home Improvement


- 2003

The simple gesture of stacking a series of stepladders one upon the other evokes Constantin Brancusi's 'Endless Column,' an influential specimen of modern sculpture.

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 Rosenblatt is an architect. His simple gesture of stacking a series of low stepladders one upon the other evokes Constantin Brancusi's 'Endless Column,' an influential specimen of modern sculpture. The column's individual parts suggest Marcel Duchamp's 'readymades.' There is a disturbing tension about the structure, akin to some contemporary architecture, specifically some of the latest proposals for the World Trade Center.


Gestures 3: December 21, 2002 – January 26, 2003
About The Artist

Paul Rosenblatt received both his BFA and Master of Architecture from Yale University. His architectural practice, Springboard Design, envisions innovative museums, exhibitions, workplaces, and homes. Recent architectural projects include the National Aviary, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tartan’s Pavilion, the Teenie Harris Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Creator Square Johnstown. His artistic practice focuses on memory and the mundane, elevating the every day through multimedia installations, paintings, and sculpture. Paul’s work has been included in such places as the 2003 Pittsburgh Biennial, National Academy of Art, and in single-artist installations at the Erie Art Museum, Lafayette College, West Virginia University’s Mesaros Galleries, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

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