Galen Gibson-Cornell is a visual artist working with a practice that combines urban exploration, found-material collage, and principles of détournement. An itinerant traveler, he explores cities on foot, studying the layers of "urban skin" - the posters, flyers, and paper advertisements covering walls and signboards. Then he returns to his Philadelphia studio in order to deconstruct the resulting materials, thoughts, and experiences into methodical and meditative artworks.
Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Gibson-Cornell operates his studio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and teaches at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Born and raised in small-town Missouri, he demonstrates a professional and cultural fascination with cities, focusing on creative projects in Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Berlin; Budapest, Hungary (for which he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship); Venice, Italy; and Novi Sad, Serbia.