Alterations Disconnect Memory from the Dream

Amber Cobb

May 31 — July 13, 2013

Opening Reception
Friday, May 31st / 7pm-10pm

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<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Bitter Bliss</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>15 x 15.5in<br>20.75 x 20.75in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0022&body=I am interested in finding out more about Bitter Bliss by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Occasionaly We Tangle</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>17 x 19in<br>22.5 x 24in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0023&body=I am interested in finding out more about Occasionaly We Tangle by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>I Loved You That Day</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>22 x 19in<br>27.5 x 25in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0024&body=I am interested in finding out more about I Loved You That Day by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>When You Age Your Slurping Becomes Hallow</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>27 x 22in<br>33 x 27in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0025&body=I am interested in finding out more about When You Age Your Slurping Becomes Hallow by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Involuntary Sensations</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>24.5 x 32in<br>30 x 37in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0026&body=I am interested in finding out more about Involuntary Sensations by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Under the Wait</em><span class='media'>ink and platinum silicon on paper</span>29 x 14in<br>34.5 x 19in (framed)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0027&body=I am interested in finding out more about Under the Wait by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Sometimes Just Washing Your Hands Is Not Enough</em><span class='media'>mattress material, motor oil, household cleaners, platinum silicone</span>54 x 42 x 3in<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0028&body=I am interested in finding out more about Sometimes Just Washing Your Hands Is Not Enough by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Usually Harmless?</em><span class='media'>mattress material, household dirt, coffee, acrylic, stuffed animals</span>75 x 54 x 1.75in<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0029&body=I am interested in finding out more about Usually Harmless? by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Mildly Muted</em><span class='media'>mattress material and platinum silicone</span>26 x 49 x 2.75in<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0030&body=I am interested in finding out more about Mildly Muted by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
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Amber Cobb
Bitter Blissink and platinum silicon on paper15 x 15.5in
20.75 x 20.75in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
Occasionaly We Tangleink and platinum silicon on paper17 x 19in
22.5 x 24in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
I Loved You That Dayink and platinum silicon on paper22 x 19in
27.5 x 25in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
When You Age Your Slurping Becomes Hallowink and platinum silicon on paper27 x 22in
33 x 27in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
Involuntary Sensationsink and platinum silicon on paper24.5 x 32in
30 x 37in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
Under the Waitink and platinum silicon on paper29 x 14in
34.5 x 19in (framed)
2013
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Amber Cobb
Sometimes Just Washing Your Hands Is Not Enoughmattress material, motor oil, household cleaners, platinum silicone54 x 42 x 3in
2013
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Amber Cobb
Usually Harmless?mattress material, household dirt, coffee, acrylic, stuffed animals75 x 54 x 1.75in
2013
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Amber Cobb
Mildly Mutedmattress material and platinum silicone26 x 49 x 2.75in
2013
Inquire

Gildar Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Denver based artist Amber Cobb Alterations Disconnect Memory from the Dream. Amber Cobb has long drawn on the duality between the attractive and the abject in her highly personal sculptures and drawings. Mattresses, stripped of their initial form and re-stretched over new frames are mounted to the wall as both sculptural objects and paintings. Treating their surfaces with household liquids – ink, motor oil, coffee and soap, Cobb transforms the soft quilted material giving each piece the appearance of a well-worn receptacle of the human body. With additional layers of silicone poured and painted on, these objects acquire a glossy and often 'just used' quality that, as the artist describes, depict "the burden of life with both living and dying stains". Within Cobb's intricate drawings, many delicate hairline marks, and at times actual hair, also reference the body. Undulating bundles spill over one another tapering to stretched sinews. These tissue-like shapes, like the mattress works, are also coated with a silicone skin. Graceful execution and minimal composition contrast corporeal content as again attraction and repulsion coexist. Inviting, the slick rubberized surface at once begs a tactile response, while if left unprotected, quickly attracts the detritus of its surroundings. The title of the exhibit references the first few moments of waking when any body movement will affect one's ability to recall the contents of the previous night's subconscious journey.

Cobb, who describes her work as semi-autobiographical in nature, discusses this powerful series: "This new body of work investigates the complex relationship I have with intimacy, love, and loss. There are moments when I am embraced by warm memories of my younger days, a smile, a hug, and a tender touch. Embedded within these recollections are souvenirs of anticipation and anxiety. The memories I adore and embrace are stained with a stagnant fog. Memories I have lived with my entire life. I have spent a lot of time working through them but I feel as though I have reached a plateau and the memories just linger, co-existing with my past and present. While the memories are far from ideal they are a part of me. Like a dull chronic pain, it aches and sometimes flares up, but I've become used to it and it doesn't bother me because it is what I know. I ask myself these questions: Is it possible that I am comforted by this pain. If it wasn't there would I feel empty? Who would I be today without it?"

Selected Works

  • Amber Cobb
    Bitter Blissink and platinum silicon on paper15 x 15.5in
    20.75 x 20.75in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Occasionaly We Tangleink and platinum silicon on paper17 x 19in
    22.5 x 24in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    I Loved You That Dayink and platinum silicon on paper22 x 19in
    27.5 x 25in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    When You Age Your Slurping Becomes Hallowink and platinum silicon on paper27 x 22in
    33 x 27in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Involuntary Sensationsink and platinum silicon on paper24.5 x 32in
    30 x 37in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Under the Waitink and platinum silicon on paper29 x 14in
    34.5 x 19in (framed)
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Sometimes Just Washing Your Hands Is Not Enoughmattress material, motor oil, household cleaners, platinum silicone54 x 42 x 3in
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Usually Harmless?mattress material, household dirt, coffee, acrylic, stuffed animals75 x 54 x 1.75in
    2013
    Inquire

  • Amber Cobb
    Mildly Mutedmattress material and platinum silicone26 x 49 x 2.75in
    2013
    Inquire