All Is Not Forgotten

Patrick Robideau2019

Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh, United States

The sculptural and installation work of Patrick Robideau uses architecture and space as devices through which to explore issues of memory and its emotional residue. Carefully and methodically constructed, Robideau's forms often combine a seductive material allure that attracts the viewer, with a physical construction that keeps the viewer at a certain distance. In this way, the work often replicates the process of a memory that draws us in but can only be partially accessed. While his works often feature architectural constructions, they are less specific locales and more like the terrain of half remembered dreams.

All is Not Forgotten will use an old house facade that was carefully dismantled and then rebuilt in the artist's studio. The house facade will be erected at a 25 degree angle in the back of the gallery and only visible through a large viewing window in the front of the gallery. The space between the window and facade will be decked up and covered with soil, suggesting that the house has been buried in the gallery. To the left of the viewing window there will be an entrance to a hallway that will lead to the back of the gallery. When traveling down the hallway the house will not be visible. At the end of the hallway there will be another viewing window that will be attached to a small simulated attic room. The viewer will not be able to enter the room but only peer through the window. There will also be two tunnel opening in the hallway. The tunnels will be accessible and lead to visual experiences that will enhance the understanding of the house.

The installation is about the story of a house and its inhabitants. The memory of something that can only be found in parts. The viewer will never see the whole picture at once, but must piece together the information they have received.


  • Title: All Is Not Forgotten
  • Creator: Patrick Robideau
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Pittsburgh, PA

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