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Randy Gilson



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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Gilson lives just up the street and is well known for the gaily-colored house he occupies, which is as much for the delight of the neighborhood as for his own pleasure. Moving inside, to his Gestures space, he brings color, hope, art, and a twist of Lennon.


Gestures 7: July 31 – October 8, 2005
About The Artist

Randy Gilson is the creator of Randyland, an art museum located in Pittsburgh, PA. Randy Gilson was born in Homestead, PA. He moved to Pittsburgh's Northside in 1982 where he was a community activist planting over 800 street gardens and 50 vegetable gardens. Gilson purchased the property that would become Randyland in 1995. He uses dumpster diving and upcycling to fill his home with colorful oddities that include pink flamingos, mannequins, and plastic dinosaurs. The houses and fences of Randyland are adorned with murals depicting neighbors dancing and smiling.

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