Springboard Design

Omnivorous Installation


An excerpt from the article, “Designer finds the art in architecture” by Pat Lowry, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

…Organized by Mesaros Galleries curator Robert Bridges, the exhibit explores the symbiotic relationship between architecture and art and is divided into two parts: mirror-image galleries flanking the entrance to the Creative Arts Center. The architecture side showcases five Springboard projects, including Butler’s Maridon Museum, Doane Hall of Art at Allegheny College, a Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show pavilion for Duquesne Light, the Waterplay exhibit at the Children’s Museum and the recently completed Make Your Mark coffee shop/art studio in Point Breeze. The work is minimally and straightforwardly displayed, with each project represented by a horizontal row of snapshot photographs and a plan. The plans are also interpreted as figure/ground elements in refined, columnar sculptures made from layers of resin.

Things get considerably more right-brain and messier on the art side, where Rosenblatt shows a riot of assemblages, paintings and a mobile he made mostly from scavenged, discarded, domestic objects and an architect’s palette of industrial building materials: derelict chairs, cardboard barrel bottoms, broken radios, pieces of wood, corrugated metal siding, 1950s paint-by-number paintings and empty frames.

As in Springboard’s architectural projects, a contemporary, interactive aspect coexists with historical references: images from a visitor-guided computer are projected onto the back of an old cupboard, a new, wavy back that recalls the organic curves of the Waterplay exhibit and the business sign at Make Your Mark. Produced in the evenings, after his and Fallaux’s two children are in bed and Springboard’s clients have been tended to, these works, for all their allusions to electronic media, have the low-tech, tactile appeal of Russian constructivist sculpture of the early 20th century. It almost doesn’t matter what the outcome is; as in process art, it seems to be the making that matters, as act of affirmation…

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