|Babble et al. by Nick Gilmore (Ongoing Event)|
Event Type: Art Exhibitions|
Age Group(s): Adult (18 yrs.+), Family (All Ages)
Date: 1/12/2018 - 5/26/2017
This exhibition explores ideas regarding the interaction of Miamiís built and natural environments through a culmination of several ongoing series of wood sculptures and paper-based works, as well as an ambitious installation conceived specifically for the library. Much of the artwork features Dade County Pine lumber salvaged from the artistís own house, as well as many other historic, and in some cases demolished, local structures. This legendary natural resource was a key component in Miamiís industrial boom of the early 20th century until it was depleted to near extinction. In juxtaposition to this repurposed infrastructure, other artworks on display are the result of working directly within the existing pinelands of Everglades National Park. Emphasis on the history and interconnection of these seemingly opposed environments offers an alternate take on the human role in navigating our past, present and future decisions especially in relation to conservation and development.Library: Main Library Branch Branch Locations
The centerpiece of the exhibition is the monumental sculpture entitled "Babble." This towering structure constructed from salvaged Dade County Pine lumber and obsolete library materials is inspired by many ideas, including the pursuit of knowledge, the dialectic of nature and religion, civilization, industrialization, divisive ideology, facthood, language comprehension, paradox and transcendence.
In addition to his art practice, Nick Gilmore teaches printmaking at Florida International University and operates a custom woodworking business.