With his irreverent tableaux in which sculpture, drawing, and performance are combined, London-based artist Pablo Bronstein has been exploring the history of architecture as a projection of human fantasies and desires. Bronstein’s choreographic pastiches reference a wide range of styles and aesthetics, mixing Neo-classicism and Postmodernism, Baroque and camp, while his meticulously detailed ink drawings compose a vast repertoire of ornaments, decorations, and other architectural guilty pleasures.
For the High Line, Bronstein has conceived a new performance piece titled Intermezzo: Two girls wear fashion garments on a palm tree. Installed on the High Line as an incongruous presence, a tall palm tree functions as the fulcrum of the performance in which two ballet dancers – dressed in fancy gowns – will climb to the top of the tree with the help of a scissor lift. The performance will begin with two dancers promenading one after the other along the High Line, each performing different dances to different music. The performance will end at the top of the palm tree, where the dancers will dance in unison. As a contemporary urban folly, Bronstein’s incursion on the High Line momentarily turns the park into a Felliniesque carnival, a surreal parade which plays with two of the main features of the park, its vegetation and the irresistible fascination of people-watching.
Photos by Liz Ligon.