Solace

Amber Cobb

September 19 — October 30, 2015

Opening Reception
September 19, 2015 | 6PM-8PM

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<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em><UNTITLED></em><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0041&body=I am interested in finding out more about <UNTITLED> by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Pale Days</em><span class='media'>Blanket, silicone</span>36 x 49in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0042&body=I am interested in finding out more about Pale Days by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Bob</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, silicone</span>27.5 x 23.5in<br>2015<br></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Muddy Compliments</em><span class='media'>Blanket, silicone, acrylic</span>28 x 24.25in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0044&body=I am interested in finding out more about Muddy Compliments by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Held, Hugged and Stroked</em><span class='media'>Bath mat, silicone</span>41.5 x 22.5in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0045&body=I am interested in finding out more about Held, Hugged and Stroked by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Formerly Full</em><span class='media'>Silicone</span>24 x 9 x 9in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0046&body=I am interested in finding out more about Formerly Full by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Afterward</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, silicone</span>42.5 x 35in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0047&body=I am interested in finding out more about Afterward by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>A Few Steps Back</em><span class='media'>Mixed Media</span>30.5 x 50 x 18.5in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0048&body=I am interested in finding out more about A Few Steps Back by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>A Few Steps Back</em>(view 2)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0048&body=I am interested in finding out more about A Few Steps Back by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>A Few Steps Back</em>(view 3)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0048&body=I am interested in finding out more about A Few Steps Back by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>A Few Steps Back</em>(view 4)<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0048&body=I am interested in finding out more about A Few Steps Back by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Cling to the Static</em><span class='media'>Silicone</span>44 x 45 x 5in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0049&body=I am interested in finding out more about Cling to the Static by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>After hours</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone</span>20.25 x 20.25in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0050&body=I am interested in finding out more about After hours by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>Grow Bright</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone</span>18 x 34.5in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0051&body=I am interested in finding out more about Grow Bright by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>No Way To Ensure a Clean Break</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone</span>26.75in x 52in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0052&body=I am interested in finding out more about No Way To Ensure a Clean Break by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Amber Cobb</span><br><em>No Way To Ensure a Clean Break</em><span class='media'>Blanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone</span>17 x 34in<br>2015<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry ACOB0053&body=I am interested in finding out more about No Way To Ensure a Clean Break by Amber Cobb'>Inquire</a></p>
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Amber Cobb
Pale DaysBlanket, silicone36 x 49in
2015
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Amber Cobb
BobBlanket, acrylic, silicone27.5 x 23.5in
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Amber Cobb
Muddy ComplimentsBlanket, silicone, acrylic28 x 24.25in
2015
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Amber Cobb
Held, Hugged and StrokedBath mat, silicone41.5 x 22.5in
2015
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Amber Cobb
Formerly FullSilicone24 x 9 x 9in
2015
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Amber Cobb
AfterwardBlanket, acrylic, silicone42.5 x 35in
2015
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Amber Cobb
A Few Steps BackMixed Media30.5 x 50 x 18.5in
2015
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Amber Cobb
A Few Steps Back(view 2)
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A Few Steps Back(view 3)
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Amber Cobb
A Few Steps Back(view 4)
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Amber Cobb
Cling to the StaticSilicone44 x 45 x 5in
2015
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Amber Cobb
After hoursBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone20.25 x 20.25in
2015
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Amber Cobb
Grow BrightBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone18 x 34.5in
2015
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Amber Cobb
No Way To Ensure a Clean BreakBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone26.75in x 52in
2015
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Amber Cobb
No Way To Ensure a Clean BreakBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone17 x 34in
2015
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What happens when the teddy bear becomes the trigger – when an object both comforts and stresses?  This question looms in Amber Cobb’s latest series presented in Solace. Progressing the artist’s practice rooted in psychological and physical attachments, these objects, neither wholly paintings nor sculptures, exist between distinctions. With surfaces at once grotesque and decorative notions of abjection and attraction find themselves challenged within the same form.

As described in psychological terms, transitional objects provide stability during periods of separation. In childhood they often appear as familiar concrete forms – a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or even an imaginary friend used to replace the sense of calm provided by a nurturing mother.  As one ages, the object may be discarded as a person learns to internalize methods of self-soothing, while for others it evolves into more subtle totems that can be camouflaged into everyday life – that lucky shirt or piece of jewelry worn during an important interview or date. More abstractly, transitional objects can morph into small daily rituals and even relationships themselves.

In contrast exists the trigger – any stimulus that causes someone to recall a traumatic memory.  At times obvious in nature such as a violent image or sound, and at others unassuming and difficult to predict – say the frozen foods section at the grocery store­ – if happened upon unexpectedly, these stressors can catapult a person into a painful flashback leaving them stunned, disoriented or even experiencing a violent outburst of their own, further deepening the effects of old traumas. However, triggers can also serve as essential tools to recovery. Arguments have emerged, that like building up immunity to venom through incremental dosing of the same poison, controlled exposure to known triggers within an environment perceived as safe can help integrate disassociated memories back into one’s personal narrative.  The same blade that cuts us, cauterizes the wound.
 
What consequences occur then if the transitional object and the trigger find themselves intertwined?  In this latest body of work, Cobb’s treatment of seemingly contrasting material appears distinctly blended by a tender and at times sensual treatment in comparison to the artist’s prior confrontations. At the same time a noticeable expansion has begun to take place into new domestic forms. No longer confined to the bed frame as in previous series, evidence of the sexualized body has spread to consume blankets, bathmats and toys now embedded with hair, skin, and corporeal fluids. What is happening? Is it possible through exposure to one’s images of the abject that a new frame emerges where dread can become pleasure, or is the constant interaction with trauma simply tainting ever more innocent territory? Maybe as the platitude for the cycles of healing and suffering tells us, “only time can tell.”

Selected Works

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  • Amber Cobb
    Pale DaysBlanket, silicone36 x 49in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    BobBlanket, acrylic, silicone27.5 x 23.5in
    2015

  • Amber Cobb
    Muddy ComplimentsBlanket, silicone, acrylic28 x 24.25in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    Held, Hugged and StrokedBath mat, silicone41.5 x 22.5in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    Formerly FullSilicone24 x 9 x 9in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    AfterwardBlanket, acrylic, silicone42.5 x 35in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    A Few Steps BackMixed Media30.5 x 50 x 18.5in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    Cling to the StaticSilicone44 x 45 x 5in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    After hoursBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone20.25 x 20.25in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    Grow BrightBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone18 x 34.5in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    No Way To Ensure a Clean BreakBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone26.75in x 52in
    2015
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  • Amber Cobb
    No Way To Ensure a Clean BreakBlanket, acrylic, bedding, silicone17 x 34in
    2015
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