Ignacio Asenjo Salcedo: Fossils from the Gutenberg Era
August 27 – September 13, 2019
Artist Ignacio Asenjo Salcedo imagines a world several centuries into the future in which paper books are no longer a traditional means of entertaining or sharing information, but relics of a bygone era in world that has become all digital. An art teacher based in Madrid, Asenjo Salcedo uses sculpture to approximate what paper books might look like in their fossilized form in this civilization.
An advanced civilization in terms of cultural development reached its zenith during the Gutenberg era (second half of the 2nd millennium A.D.) thanks to the record and the massive transmission of knowledge by means of a storage medium that became extinct thousands of years ago: the paper book. This exhibition shows some "fossilized objects" that were randomly found at the end of that era, thus allowing science to delve into the knowledge that they boast, while letting the visitor take pleasure in the beauty of such a splendorous achievement.
About the Artist The artist is joining us from his home in Madrid, thanks to our sponsors listed below and to associate professor Josefa Alvarez, department of foreign languages and literatures at Le Moyne College. Ignacio has a doctorate in fine arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and teaches art at the Consejeria de Educacion of the Comunidad de Madrid and at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He is director of the Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria Gregorio Marañon of Madrid.
Dean of the Madden School of Business, Le Moyne College
The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Le Moyne College
Artist's Gift to the Art Collection
Ignacio Asenjo donated a piece from this show for the College's permanent art collection. Director of the Library, Inga Barnello, selected Cervante's Don Quixote, as seen below. "This is a most welcome surprise. I immediately gravitated to Cervantes not just to celebrate the renown Spanish novel, but also to acknowledge the assistance of our Foreign Languages & Literatures Department for their help in bringing Ignacio Asenjo to campus from his home in Madrid," commented Barnello.