Gabriel Barcia-Colombo selected as 2021 Neon Museum artist in residence
Acclaimed multimedia artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo will be the 2021 Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Neon Museum. Now in its sixth year, the Neon Museum’s residency program invites artists to interpret the collection in unique and new ways, supporting the museum’s mission to cultivate the arts and pursue cultural enrichment.
During his residency at the Neon Museum, Barcia-Colombo plans to study how technology and light influence and impact memory by creating a series of sculptures inspired by Neon Boneyard’s neon signs. He envisions his sculptures in the form of Nicho Boxes, three-dimensional shadow boxes traditionally found in Mexican folk art that are used as portable shrines for important figures or loved ones. He refers to his previous interactive video sculpture “Animalia Chordata” as a source of inspiration.
“I am interested in creating Neon Nicho video sculpture boxes featuring the modern ‘saints’ of Las Vegas,” Barcia-Colombo said in his residency proposal. “Each Nicho box will be a living video sculpture lit by a neon frame featuring a resident of Las Vegas transforming into a renowned saint. Featured residents will be identified by him during his residency.
Barcia-Colombo also expressed his enthusiasm for the public engagement component of the residency, offering lectures on his creative practice and workshops on the modern technological media he uses, including video mapping, augmented reality and video art. . Building on existing interactive elements of the museum, including the immersive 360-degree Brilliant sound and light show! and self-guided virtual tours, added Barcia-Colombo: “I think there is a real opportunity to connect the Neon Museum with the future of media art.”
“The Neon Museum offers an unrivaled neon exhibit that showcases the convergence of art and history, and I am excited by Gabriel’s ideas for leveraging our collection as a source of inspiration for works of art. ‘innovative and interactive light-based art that spark conversation and broaden the viewer’s perspective on art, ”said Aaron Berger, executive director of the Neon Museum.
Selecting Barcia-Colombo, 2021 guest AIR juror, filmmaker Robin Greenspun, said: “His work immediately resonated with me. His concepts will clearly be a bridge between the historic nature of the Neon Museum’s collection and the fascinating technology he uses to create his work. His residency proposal – the fact that it will feature iconic people and introduce them to start conversations and learn more – is in many ways what the Neon Museum does through the collection. I think he is knowledgeable in all the areas necessary to make his residency a success. He has a deep understanding of audience engagement, his concepts will push the boundaries for some viewers, but in a good way, and he clearly has the technical skills to back up what he offers.
Selected from over 100 high-quality and diverse applicants, Barcia-Colombo will begin his residency in December as a virtual / in-person hybrid program with plans for him to work and reside in the Juhl high-rise condominium downtown. from Las Vegas in early 2022. The program will also provide public engagement opportunities for the benefit of residents and visitors to the museum. Additional details on programming and residency programming will be announced in the future. Additional details on programming and residency programming will be announced in the future.
The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum’s collection. Each year, a selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, has the opportunity to develop a project inspired by the collection of the Neon Museum. The residency program also includes community engagement, such as workshops, artist talks and studio open days. Resident artists are selected by a dedicated jury team of museum staff, including a guest community arts leader in the role of guest juror each year.
BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a multimedia artist whose work focuses on collections, commemoration and the act of leaving his digital imprint on the next generation. His work takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large-scale projections and vending machines that sell human DNA. His work plays on this modern requirement of our culture to chronicle, preserve and nostalgia, an idea that Barcia-Colombo visually renders by “collecting” human portraits on video.
Barcia-Colombo was commissioned to be the first digital artist to show his work at New Fulton Terminal Stop with the MTA Arts & Design program in New York. His work has been exhibited at the Volta, Scope and Art Mrkt art fairs, the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as the Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library. He received an Art and Technology Fellowship from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where he created “The Hereafter Institute” which questions the future of death rituals and memorials and their relationship to technology and is part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Barcia-Colombo has served on the Artist Advisory Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as a member of the Education Committee of the Museum of Art and Design. In 2012 he gave a TED talk titled “Capturing Memories in Video Art”, and in 2014 he gave another titled “My DNA Vending Machine” and received a senior TED scholarship. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a 2021 recipient of the Brown Institute Fellowship at Columbia University, and an Associate Professor of Arts in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts at the New York University.
ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and display of iconic Las Vegas panels for educational, historical, artistic and cultural enrichment. . It was ranked # 1 in The Las Vegas Weekly list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History”, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by United States of today 10best.com, “One of the 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “10 Best Historic Places in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “America’s 15 Most Fascinating Museums” by VacationIdea.com; and has a consistent rating of 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name of an area where items that are no longer in use are stored. ); the North Gallery, home to the immersive audiovisual show “Brilliant! »Which uses technological advances to rekindle more than 40 non-operational stores; the exterior exhibition and event space of Galerie Boulevard; and its visitors center, housed inside the old lobby of Motel La Concha. The museum’s collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, awareness raising, research and preservation of the arts are a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. The museum is located at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas. For more information, including tour times and tickets, visit www.neonmuseum.org. Also follow @NeonMuseum on Facebook and Twitter and @theneonmuseumlasvegas on Instagram.