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Paul Bowden

Reward Yourself with Free Gasoline

2001

Male and female spiders coexisting on a precarious web.

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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Sculptor Paul Bowden's reflections on the spider (male and female), coexisting on the precarious web, takes on a wider significance. Ominously suspended over a narrow corridor, the web and its occupants suggest unease and dis-ease, an ecological imbalance; perhaps, even, a world gone wrong.

Exhibition

Gestures 1: October 27 – December 8, 2001
About The Artist

Paul Bowden studied fine arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. Bowden worked in Rome on his own and as a sculpture apprentice. He returned to Pittsburgh, PA in 1991. He lives and works in Polish Hill.

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