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Isabelle Garbani
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge

ARTIST STATEMENT: Information in digital format is tied to the physical device on which it was created and stored. Computer hardware, software and operating systems are continually evolving, creating Digital Obsolescence, where data is no longer accessible because the device to read it no longer exists. In the last 10 years, social media sites have essentially replaced letters, and communication between friends, lovers and family is in digital format on high tech devices. Are all modern stories then doomed to disappear because of digital obsolescence? Love and Death, Archiving the 21st century aims to chronicle our times through a tangible form that is representative of the digital medium and of our legacy as a society. Using lace technique with thread made from recycled plastic shopping bags, I record Facebook posts and Friends' comments, Tweets and Text messages, focusing on issues of love and death. Lace is a traditional feminine craft, aptly in opposition to computer science which has become a male dominated field. Yet the technique has a lot of commonality with computers, since it also uses a binary method to display a message. Like a machine using ones and zeroes to manage complex operations, the lace is formed into a grid, and squares are either filled (one) or left empty (zero) to display words and embellishments. Recycled plastic shopping bags are cut and used as thread for this project. Plastic is a modern material that best represents who we are as a culture. It is indispensable and it is completely unnecessary; it is vital to our modern lives and it is harmful to our environment; it is a true technological achievement and a sign of our failure. Ironically, plastic will most likely endure past our digital age.

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Solo Exhibitions

2011 24 Hours in the Subway. BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Women’s Month Exhibition. Con Edison's Exhibiting Space, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Artist in Transition. Earlville Opera House, Earlville NY

Public Art

2012 Invasive Species. Cheng-Long International Environmental Art Project, Taiwan
Knit for Trees, Heckscher park, Huntington, NY. Public Art Initiative, 2012
2011 Invasive Species I. Open Source Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Forces of Nature. Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT
Knit For Trees. Figment Sculpture Garden, Governors Island, New York, NY
2004 Big Apple Fest. “All the Little Apples”. 46th St. & Lexington Ave, New York, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 Curate NYC: Top 150 Exhibition, Rush Arts Gallery, New York NY
Curate NYC. Online exhibits from guest curator Lesley Johnstone, Conservatrice, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Curate NYC. Online exhibits from guest curator Jan Seidler Ramirez, Chief Curator & Director of Collections, National September 11 Memorial Museum
Pangea, New York Foundation for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, NY
Scope Art Fair, Chashama, New York, NY
Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ

2012 Curate NYC. Online exhibits from guest curators Deirdre Scott and Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer

2011 Take Home a Nude. Fund raising at Sotheby's to benefit the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
SpringzHere. Wilson & Geary Contemporary, New York, NY
Single Fare 2, Swipe Again. Alix Sloan Gallery, New York, NY
11th Anniversary Exhibition, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2010 Plastic, EyeDrum, Atlanta, GA
Younger Than Moses, Idle Worship, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
10th Anniversary Exhibition, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Single Fare. 224 Grand Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Take Home a Nude. Fund raising at Sotheby's to benefit the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Third Annual Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Trans-Positions Along the Queensboro Bridge, Packard Square Gallery, Queens, NY
9th Anniversary Exhibition, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Real Art Ways Slide Slam, Hartford CT
Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery, Bernardsville, NJ

2008 Sketch Night Exhibit. Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Allied Artists of America - 95th Annual Exhibition. National Arts Club, New York, NY
BWAC Free Fall. Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Night of 1,000 Drawings. Artists Space, New York, NY
The Muse. (performance) American Dance Guild. New York, NY
Art Students League of New York City Exhibit. Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY
Winter 2007 Art Show. Merge360. New York, NY
New York Academy of Art Alumni Exhibition. Figureworks Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 The Muse. (performance.) Dance Theater Workshop. New York, NY
Arte! Beaux-Arts! Kunst! Moravian College, Payne Gallery. Bethlehem, PA
ACFDance Quintennial. (performance.) DiCapo Opera Theater. New York, NY

2005 Take Home a Nude. Fund raising at de Pury to benefit the New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
The Drawing Show. Gallery 402, New York, NY
Out of the Academy. The Art Lab, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

2004 MFA show. New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
Art Lab Open. Group show. Art Lab at Snug Harbor, New York, NY


“Inside the chashama's artist studios”, The Brooklyn Spectator, October 2013
“News from a Sinking Planet”, South African Art Times, June 2012
“2012 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project”,, May 25 2012
“Eco-Art Installations Sprout in a Taiwanese Village”,, May 12, 2012
“It Takes a Village”, Taipei Times, May 4, 2012
“Isabelle Garbani's 24 Hours”, Pittsburgh City Paper, by Christopher McGinnis, August 4, 2011
“Big Apple, small canvas”, Pittsburgh Trib Live, July 27, 2011
“La isla de los delirios”, El Mundo, June 14, 2011
“Knitted Tree Accessories”,, June 9, 2011
“Neighborhood Beat Studio Interview”, Brooklyn Community Access Television. May 2011
“Art of the MetroCard, Unlimited”, City Room Blog, New York Times Online, May 2010
“Happenings”, Whirl Magazine, April 2010
“Into The Night”, Radio Interview for KHND1470 AM, March 4, 2010
“Summer Art Shows in Queens”, Video Interview for Ins & Outs/LIC Magazine, July 2009
“Studying Form and Motion”, Katherine Rushwirth . Syracuse Post-Standard. Sunday, December 23, 2007
“Neighborhood Beat artists at Figureworks”, Brooklyn Community Access Television. February 2007
"GIRDLING THE GLOBE". Morning call online. November 9, 2006
“Tossing old rules Out of the Academy”, Staten Island Advance. Friday May 20, 2005

Awards & Residencies

New York Foundation for the Arts, Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, 2013
Chashama studio residency, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 2012
Cheng-Long International Environmental Art Project, Taiwan. Artist residency April-May 2012
New York Academy of Art Merit Scholarship September 2002 to May, 2004


“Artist Talk: Trans-Positions Along the Queensboro Bridge”, Citi gallery, Long Island City, NY, July 22, 2009
"Through the Eyes of an Immigrant". Moravian College, Payne Gallery. Bethlehem PA, November 1st, 2006.


718 Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
Greenwich Village Animal Hospital, New York, NY
Private collections New York City, Pittsburgh, PA, Morristown, NJ.

Curatorial Experience

2007 Holiday Show of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art. Merge360. New York, NY.
2005 Out of the Academy: Three artist exhibit at the Art Lab, Snug Harbor, New York, NY.


Chashama, New York, NY
BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Board member of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art 2006-8


New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
MFA in Sculpture, May 2004

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
BS in Speech, March 1990

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