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Monday, July 26, 2010

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center presents Lari R. Gibbons' Passengers

Created exclusively for Gallery 4 at Blue Star Gallery, this installation represents my continued investigation of the changing natural world. Entitled Passengers, it focuses on the migration of invasive species through maritime commerce, exploration and travel. Such encroachments have been described as "quiet disasters" because they often remain undetected in their early stages and are a primary source of ecological changes worldwide.

My installation at Blue Star Gallery considers a variety of invasive species and the means by which they travel. Shipping vessels from notable historic excursions hang alongside a large motif referencing portolan charts once used to navigate foreign waters. While it resembles cartographic artifacts, this diagram is based on contemporary maps generated by software that tracks security breaches and vulnerable areas of global data networks. On the periphery of this motif hang representations of various invasive species believed to have been imported by maritime travel. Their silhouettes are laid out on circular pieces of Plexiglas, referencing the way in which specimens are placed in petri dishes.

-Lari R. Gibbons, 2010

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum, P.R.I.N.T Press, and a Research and Creativity Enhancement award from the University of North Texas.

Opening Reception with Artist
Thursday, August 5, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Passengers Exhibition Dates: August 5 – 28, 2010

Gallery 4
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
116 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204

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Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art center in San Antonio, Texas that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists and the curatorial process. Through exhibitions and a variety of programs, Blue Star is an active participant in the development of regional, national and international contemporary art and provides a lively forum for the visual arts dialogue. For more information visit www.bluestarart.org