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Dennis Marsico

Passion or Politics

2005

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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In a third-floor gallery of the Mattress Factory, visitors step into a circular Rare Book Room containing a life-sized panoramic photograph of a library interior lit with intense black light. Suspense novels and political non-fiction line the shelves on the left side of the room, while the bookshelves on the right side stand starkly empty. Library reading tables invite viewers to investigate the limited editions, such as a reconstructed Bible containing ink visible only under black light and a book in Braille. In a reconstructed library lobby, Marsico displays previous limited edition books and some political posters also visible only under black light.

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Messages & Communications: October 2, 2005 – April 2, 2006
About The Artist

Dennis Marsicois a photographer and a writer. He received his degree in electrical engineering and worked in the field for several years until the decline of the Pittsburgh steel mills. He left engineering in 1978 to enroll in a graduate architectural program, leaving after one year to pursue a life in art. His career took off as a photographer in 1980 and he has since exhibited in places such as the Dryphoto Gallery, Prato, Italy; the Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL; and The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC. After focusing on travel photography, Marsico’s artwork now focuses on sensitive age-related issues.

He has published rare books in the rare book collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Smithsonian Artist Book Collection, Library of the Art Institute of Chicago, and many more.

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