Laura F. Gibellini: “341 West 24th Street, New York”
For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our
first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word.
Gaston Bachelard, “The Poetics of Space”
In her autobiographical, site-specific installation at AC [Direct] II, Spanish artist Laura F. Gibellini explores the relationships between public and private environments. Incorporating line drawings and photographic digital prints, Gibellini builds a spatial narrative directly into the gallery through a recreation of a part of her apartment in New York City.
Investigating the elasticity and transience of lived spaces, “341 West 24th Street, New York” translates a trompe l'oeil fragment of time and place during her temporary stay in Manhattan. Gibellini delves into places that mirror our memories and negotiate our past and future. Her work is a complex visual topoanaylsis—one that permeates the psychological and emotional boundaries of the interior and exterior worlds we construct around us.
Gibellini has studied Visual Arts in Madrid and Kassel and is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Contemporary Art Theory from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, including a Research Fellowship from MoMA. She has exhibited in the US at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe and extensively throughout Mexico, Europe and Asia. She has participated in the “I Public Art Biennial,” (Navacerrada, Madrid); “Linguistic of the Image: Spanish Videoart,” Casa Asia (Beijing); “VIDET 08,” International Videoart Festival, (Barcelona); “Taking Action,” Courier International Video Organization (Istanbul); and “Rizoma,” Cultural Institute of Baja California, (Tijuana).
In 2008 she was commissioned by the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid for the online piece, “Disculpen las Molestias (Artista Trabajando) / Pardon the Mess (Artist at Work)” as well as presented with an award in recognition of her overall body of work by Madrid’s City Council. Her work is part of the Spanish and Iberoamerican Contemporary Art Collection, Nuestra Señora de Africa, Student’s Residence, (Madrid) and the Contemporary Art Collection, Navacerrada’s City Council (Madrid).
For additional information about Laura F. Gibellini please contact AC [Institute Direct Chapel] at firstname.lastname@example.org. More of Gibellini’s work is also on view at: www.laurafgibellini.com