Time waits for no one … except visitors to Salisbury University’s Electronic Gallery.
From January 28-March 9, the gallery, in Teacher Education and Technology Center (TETC) Room 128, presents new media artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s “For Those Who Wait.”
“ For Those Who Wait” 2011 is an interactive video sculpture about the physicality of time. 10 video projected clocks hang motionless in a room. As the viewer winds up a crank the clocks come to life, their hands spinning out of control until they self-destruct in a variety of animations.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one’s imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance era “cabinets of curiosity”), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.
Gabriel re-purposes everyday objects like blenders, suitcases and cans of Spam® into venues for projecting and inserting videos of people. While making conspicuous references to Marcel Duchamps’ ‘Ready-Mades,’ he also draws from an eclectic range of other influences, from the combines of Robert Rauschenberg and the video spectacles of Aernout Mik to taxonomy texts and anatomical drawings.
A 2012 Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) fellow, Barcia-Colombo has exhibited at New York galleries including Elga Wimmer, 92Y Tribeca and 3rd Ward. His works also have appeared at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Arts Center.
Sponsored by University Galleries, admission is free and the public is invited. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and other times by appointment. The gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.