Art Gallery Opening: Amber Cobb & Stacey Steers

    Location: Fine Arts Center: Eric Dean Art Gallery
    Date: 01/18/19
    Time: 6:00PM

    Description:

    This exhibit will be up until Friday, April 5. 

    In Blurred Boundaries, Amber Cobb examines the primal and sensual nature of sexuality, a familiar subject throughout her practice. The works in this exhibition address her intertwined relationship to the physical and psychological through abjection, attraction, and humor. The most recent series, features decorative patterns and softly draped forms that expose the spaces between a sweet kiss, hard grip, and violated flesh. Through a spectrum of color and texture, each work references the many phases of bruises from initial impact to healing. Other works feature Cobb’s arsenal of materials: mattresses, stuffed animals, and bedding. Through a process of layering and abstraction, found objects morph into the human form, they are familiar yet strange. Finally, rubber biomorphic forms poke at the absurdity of gender roles and sexual innuendos, they are all at once titillating, hilarious, and offensive. Blurred Boundaries is both inviting and confronting, a collection of emotions calling the body into question.

    Edge of Alchemy is the third film in a trilogy examining the psychological terrain of women's inner worlds. Stacey Steers spent five years creating this exquisite handmade film, assembled from over 6,000 collages. This surreal epic upends the Frankenstein story and features luminaries, Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor, through clips from their early silent films. Music is by Polish composer Lech Jankowski and funding provided by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and Creative Capital Foundation.

    Edge of Alchemy was featured at Telluride Film Festival in 2017 and was winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Experimental Film at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival and Peter Wilde Award for the Most Technically Innovative film at the 2017 San Francisco International Film Festival. In 2018, Stacey Steers was honored by a nomination to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018.

    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 exhibited in a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. This includes Xiao Shan Xiao at the Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng, China, Sweat Baby Sweat in Los Angeles, and Direct Connect in Berlin, and the Biennial of Americas. In 2014, Cobb was featured in New American Paintings, #114.  She is represented by Gray Contemporary in Houston, TX and by Gildar Gallery in Denver, CO.

    Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives. These films investigate the nature of longing, and explore the ways desire provokes and mediates experience to create meaning.

    Steers’ animated short films have screened throughout the U.S. and abroad, and have received numerous awards. Her work has shown at Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New Directors New Films (New York), MoMA, and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) among many other venues. “Edge of Alchemy” is the epitome of Steers' unique vision of collaged re-examination animations, an uncanny way to carry on in the great tradition of surrealist cinema.

    Ticket Information: free and open to the public

    For more information please contact:
    Minde Mills
    765.361.6392
    millsm@wabash.edu
    Event ID:43644