100 Colorado Creatives: Amber Cobb
#65: Amber Cobb
Amber Cobb, "Orificial Implement Series," 2012. Ink and acrylic on old LP covers.
We asked artist Amber Cobb to answer the 100CC questionnaire as a tie-in to a couple of shows the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design instructor and current RedLine resident has coming up this weekend, but she was a little late getting back to us with her answers.
"I had to finalize a few pieces for my solo show and a piece for Not Exactly this week," she wrote. "One of the pieces weighs about 1,400 pounds, and I ran into some problems moving the object around." In an indirect way, she defined the reality of being an artist, which is closely related to Thomas Edison's adage about genius being "one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
Cobb went on to explain that the piece in question was a concrete mattress that she'd just removed from its rubber mold the day before, and that the result was awesome...way more so than she'd expected.
Amber Cobb, "Bitter Bliss," 2013. Ink and platinum silicone rubber on paper.
You can see the mattress on Saturday, June 1, as part of the exhibit Not Exactly, which opens that day at RedLine Gallery. And the night before, on Friday, May 31, Cobb's solo show Alterations Disconnect Memories from the Dream opens at Gildar Gallery. That's a well-loaded plate, considering the scope of Cobb's work.
Cobb did eventually send us her answers. They explain a lot about who she is, and how and why she does what she does, against all odds.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Amber Cobb: Tough question, and it's difficult to decide on just one. I would have to start with Eva Hesse. I'm infatuated with her use of material and form. The objects are formal yet erotic and minimal, but so personal. Mike Kelly is also at the top of the list. His early passing broke my heart. I love his fearless, rebellious nature and his ability to make the ugly beautiful and the rejected wanted. I think working with him would be challenging, I could see him pushing me way beyond my comfort level.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Oh no, I'm so ashamed of my answer. Honestly I can't think of anyone right now. I've been extremely out of touch the last few weeks and isolated in the studio.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
I don't really like this question. It's difficult to judge. Trends exist for a reason, and sometimes following a trend is part of the journey to finding your own voice.
What's your day job?
I am an adjunct instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. I also work part-time at the CU Art Museum.
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