April 4 - June 20, 2020
While keeping in mind each clients well-being, as a result to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we will not be hosting an evening exhibition opening between 6-8 pm. As this situation develops, we will keep our community informed on any gallery updates.
In Second Skins, Amber Cobb studies the aesthetics of trauma through material, color, pattern, and form. A hotel room mattress, a carcass embedded with bodily experiences, serves as a platform to unpack an entangled history. These works are complicated; residing within the threshold of abjection and attraction. Silicon casts featuring decorative patterns hang and drape softly exposing a spectrum of color and texture that reference the phases of a bruise, from initial impact to healing. Casting the same form over and over, in search of the right words or phrases within a system that denies translation. The repetition of pattern and process serves as a confession of a pending resolution.
Amber Cobb examines the primal and sensual nature of sexuality. Beginning with the body as a point of departure, she addresses the intertwined relationship to the physical and psychological through abjection, attraction, and humor. The materials Cobb employs have undeniable and unapologetic flairs of the feminine, yet they do not align with traditional norms associated with the domestic. Here the sexualized body has spread to consume. Mattresses, stuffed animals, and bedding go through a process of layering and subtracting. A hotel room mattress is reborn through a series of silicon casts that capture an array of flesh like hues. These works blur the boundaries and uncover the spaces between a sweet kiss, hard grip, and violated flesh. Other works begin with found objects that find solace in abstraction. Familiar yet strange, these biomorphic forms poke at the absurdity of gender roles and sexual innuendos. Cobb’s work invites and confronts a collection of emotions that call the body into question.
Amber Cobb is a Colorado based artist, living and working in the Denver area. In 2011, she received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cobb has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. This includes xiao shan xiao at the Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng, Millennial Pink at Untitled Miami, and Palettable Relations at Galeria Hilario Galgura in Mexico City, MX. She has shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions in the Colorado region including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and at RedLine. Cobb’s mattress works were highlighted in New American Paintings, #114 and her solo show Solace was reviewed in Sculpture Magazine their May, 2016 issue. Cobb is represented by Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX and by Gildar Gallery in Denver, CO.
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