Brian R. Jobe's 2011 solo show, Blank Tides, at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center will feature an outdoor site-specific installation and an indoor review of recent object-based sculptures. One common thread tying the work together is Jobe's use of zip ties as a primary assemblage medium. The ties are intended to transform the objects from found items to ones overtaken by a chromatic growth. As the title suggests, Jobe's zip ties respond to unwritten rhythms and create a pulse, a pattern, a domino effect. The outdoor wrapping of a vehicle is intended to render it non-functional and paused in time.
About the Artist:
Brian R. Jobe is an American artist working in site-specific sculpture and small objects. Jobe's primary concerns are repetition, multiplicity, and sequential inevitability. Through the use of pre-fabricated plastic objects (such as zip ties), found materials, and the opportunistic use of site, he aims to create an environment where "repetition can serve as a gesture of the infinite". Jobe's materials are chosen with the intent of being re-contextualized when combined en masse. Within installations, the context of site chiefly determines the final form.
Jobe was born in Houston, Texas in 1981 and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. After living in Brooklyn, New York for a time, he relocated with his wife Carri to Knoxville, Tennessee where he currently teaches college art courses.
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