Critics Choice - Art
January 22, 1995
"Marque Cornblatt - Synthesis" by Harry Roach
As part of the defunct Gomi School (Japanese for Garbage) and Critical Mass collectives, Marque Cornblatt stood tall in the cybersaddle. 1994 saw the industrious local cyber sculptor carving out his own niche around the Bay Area capped by a banner-year ending installation at Architechs and Heroes. Self Portrait - MonaLisaRecut is a dimly illuminated still life featuring a green cathode ray tube crowning a green moss trunk, which could use a trim. Many of his existential figures are forged from the three 'T's (toys, trash and technology - the artist incorporates his childhood Lego and Erector Sets), and seems to hover somewhere between technophilia and technophobia. Mounted on industrial pedistals, their steel armour shells conjure up classical mannequins given a surrealist jump-start. The most riviting ones are cyborg Icaruses like the self effacing Self Portrait - Rheostat, whose glass head is a pyrex boul housing a video monitor submirged in boiling oil (capturing the cool sunglassed artist not blowing his top) and the wistful kinetic Self Portrait - Steel Wings, whose fluttering wings are constructed from shredded cheesecloth. As usual, the bulk of Cornblatt's sculpture is several cuts above the usual cyberpunk effluvia. Some of it is sheer poetry.