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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo | Natural History Museums | What Inspires Artists Series Event

February 15, 2014

Program Locations:

Mid-Manhattan Library

FREE - The Corner Room door opens at 2:00 p.m.

Please join us for another event in the series What Inspires Artists with a discussion between new media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo and senior art librarian Arezoo Moseni. They converse about natural history museums the main source of influence on Gabriel Barcia-Colombo's work and his exhibition Secret Society of Forbidden Literature created specifically for the Corner Room at Mid-Manhattan Library.

 Gabriel Barcia-ColomboLolita (perfume), glass, Acrylic, custom perfumes based on the plots of Banned Books, 2014. Credit: Gabriel Barcia-Colombo"Natural History museums have always been a tremendous influence on me and my work. My work deals with collecting life, memories and human (as well as scientific or anthropological) specimens. Museum studies, categorization and the preservation of day to day life inspire me to create my artwork. I am interested in creating artistic objects or installations that reflect what it means to be alive today but also comment on the current obsession within our culture to document every moment of life. Will we still want to go to a natural history museum in the future when we each have our entire existence documented on the internet or sitting quietly in our front pockets?"

The site-specific exhibition Secret Society of Forbidden Literature can be seen before and after the discussion.

From the radiating colors of a meadow to fleeting vibrations of a spindle artists are influenced by many things including architecture, art, cinema, literature, science, and other fascinating human efforts and inventions. The series What Inspires Artists, initiated by Arezoo Moseni and held in conjunction with Art in The Corner Room exhibition series at Mid-Manhattan Library, focuses on what inspires artists.