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Gerwald Rockenschaub

Villa Arson

The ordinary scaffold with which Gerwald Rockenschaub divided the great room of the Galerie carrée is neither a found object nor a sculpture—although it was built to his specifications. Despite its overwhelming material presence, it is not the object that can claim to be a work of art, but, rather, the art work is the physical experience out of which the esthetic and intellectual dimension of the work grows. The construction of the scaffold allowed the viewerto ascend to a platform and traverse the space, ultimately descending on the other side of the room, behind it.

It is this path that one must understand as the work, for it directs the act of seeing—a central premise in all Rockenschaub’s works. For him there is no object worthy of our view; it is the act of perception itself and the desire created from a certain visual pattern that are significant. Every exhibition of Rockenschaub’s

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