Since 2019 Lydia Rosenberg has been writing a novel-as-sculpture: a project consisting of a
written narrative that emphasizes the description and movement of objects. Characters in the novel
serve as collaborators in conceptualizing sculptures based on the written narrative in which they
act. Previous exhibitions connected to this project have featured those sculptures based on excerpts
of the novel. For Incomplete Objects, the fifth iteration, Rosenberg is pursuing the form of serial fiction as
a way to develop the text itself, as a sculpture.
The gallery at Labor is a Medium will become the mail-room: the fictional office of the publisher of the novel-in-progress. For the duration of the exhibition, subscribers to the project mailing list will receive weekly unique versions of the existing four chapters of the novel-as-sculpture. Subscribers are invited to return their chapters with edits and suggestions, to be recorded in the final version(s) of the novel. Each week, a copy of all versions to date will be presented at the mailroom table.
Visitors may subscribe in person at Labor is a Medium.
Lydia Rosenberg is an artist currently based in
Pittsburgh, PA. She is a co-founder of Anytime Dept. an artist-run exhibition project, currently
on pause, which was based in Cincinnati, OH. Recent solo exhibitions include The complete subject
at Napoleon, Philadelphia—featuring several hundred sculptures in the shape of lemons based on
written descriptions of the fruit as depicted in paintings—and Spaghetti Restaurant at BasketShop
Gallery, Cincinnati, for which she transformed the gallery into a pop-up, cost-free
spaghetti-restaurant-as-sculpture. In 2023 she had solo exhibitions continuing her ongoing project
of writing a novel-as-sculpture in Pittsburgh at Mattress Factory Museum, the chute, and