Paranomasia is the rhetorical term for a pun. In Paranomasiac, the punning drive is pathologized and imagined as a chronic design condition. 

Paranomasiac presents an exaggerated environment, a space of mixed metaphors and misaligned referents. Using the techniques of comedy and improvisation as alibi, it deliberately confuses scale, material, and identity in an effort to recontextualize the architectural exhibition as a productive contrivance. Rather than models or drawings to be observed with distance, the show presents models and drawings that are inhabitable and whose status is confusing. Embracing the “yes, and…” philosophy, Paranomasiac offers a collection of experiments into repetition, representation, and reference.


Sarah Hirschman
October 10 - November 17, 2018
Keller Gallery, Room 7-408
Open Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM