Nicholas O’Brien: The Four Tools Opens at New Media Artspace at Baruch College


Video still from As Much as We Sweep, Nicholas O’Brien, 2014.
Image courtesy of the artist.

NEW YORK, NY- February 2, 2016 Baruch College presents Nicholas O’Brien: The Four Tools, an exhibition of video works by Nicholas O’Brien, curated by Katherine Behar, Assistant Professor of New Media Arts at Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College and made possible by support from the Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC) and the Newman Library.

The show will open on February 10, 2016 and run through May 2, 2016 at the New Media Artspace gallery in Baruch’s Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street. The New Media Artspace will host an opening reception and casual discussion with the artist for Baruch students on Wednesday, February 10th, from 1:30-3:30 PM in the New Media Artspace and room 415 of the Library and Information Building. Members of the public who wish to attend may RSVP to A public artist lecture and closing reception will be held on Monday, May 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Engleman Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Nicholas O’Brien: The Four Tools is a new series of 3D animations addressing labor, technology, and personal history. Narrated in the artist’s own voice, the animations reflect and playfully speculate on moments when these tools have intersected with his life. His biographical reminiscences of personal encounters with each tool gradually evolve into musings on the nature of tools and their larger meanings. Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based artist, curator, and writer. His work has exhibited in Mexico City, Berlin, London, Dublin, Italy, Prague, as well as throughout the US. He has been the recipient of a Turbulence Commission funded by the NEA and has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, 319 Scholes, and Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. He is an Assistant Professor in 3D Design and Game Development at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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Gallery Location: New Media Artspace at Baruch College, Library and Information Building, 151 E. 25th Street, New York, NY 10010

Gallery Hours: The New Media Artspace is open to the CUNY community during regular library hours. Members of the public may request access to the New Media Artspace at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. For this week’s public hours, please check the gallery website: or dial a docent at 626-312-1664.

The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.

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About Baruch College:
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