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  • “Diomira (Stockholm, November 5, 2012)”Diomira (Stockholm, November 5, 2012)

    Lithograph, Monotype 40"x 30"

Galen Gibson-Cornell

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artist bio

Galen is currently a third-year MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was born in Maryville, Missouri in 1987. In 2007 he was awarded a Dîplome from l'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France. In 2009 he received a BFA, specializing in printmaking from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, as one of three Valedictorians. In 2010 he began the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will graduate in May 2013.

During the summer of 2010, UW awarded Galen a travel grant to France and Italy to document urban poster walls and public anonymous artwork found on the streets of Paris, Nantes, and Venice. This project culminated in a Master of Arts exhibition in January, 2011, and has continued to motivate him since. He has recently been awarded a second travel grant from UW to fund a project during summer 2012 to Hungary, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Austria, and Germany. The results of this project will feature in his MFA show in April 2013.
He was recently named a Fulbright Finalist for his proposal to create a body of work centered around the streets and urban walls of Budapest, Hungary,

artist statement

The exterior walls of many of the world's cities are covered with colorful printed posters, street artwork, advertisements, and other printed matter—in some places inches thick. This printed “skin” represents not only the activities, events, and emotions that make up a city's present, but also reflect the scars, weather, and markings of its past.

In response to this unique urban aesthetic, Gibson-Cornell create suites of hand-printed photographs which depict posters on urban walls, stripped of their communicative function and repurposed to speak profoundly not only about the particular wall to which they belong, but also about how we communicate within urban communities, using walls and public spaces as our canvas.

His daily practice involves making sketches, taking photographs, and collecting poster scraps from urban poster walls. Back in his studio he repurposes the images, information, and torn paper; He uses the traditional poster-printing processes of lithography and silkscreen to re-imagine a new function for the poster, one that hints at its aesthetic potential in the world’s ever-changing cities.