Gabriel Barcia-Colombo | 2 min | USA | 2012
A Point Just Passed is a video sculpture involving a projection of a person through a glass volume, which rests atop a timecard punch clock. As the viewer punches the timecard, the projection ages based upon predetermined time-punch increments. For the very last punch–ie: after 100 punches–the volume goes completely black and will not to be reset until the next day. With every punch, the memory of one’s childhood is further and further erased–thus, viewers are virtually erasing youth through the passage of time. It is entirely possible that some viewers may never experience the full length of the piece.
Created by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo
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 repurposes 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.