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Chambliss Giobbi
updated: 08/12/2014
website: www.chamblissgiobbi.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Mobius Beltway  (Mobile)
What It Takes
Santa
Shores of Troy
Dying Gaul 1
Alberich
Half-Nelson
Portrait of Alice O'Malley 2
Tanz Fur Mich, Salome 3,(Self-Portrait)
Portrait of Fisher Stevens II
Torso of Indian Larry
Norn 8
Torso of Gina DePalma
Portrait of Laine Valentino II
Portrait of Marc Tauss II
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, biomorphic, abstract, collage, violence, dreams, erotic, obsessive, figurative, gender/sexuality
 
 
Mobius Beltway  (Mobile) by Chambliss Giobbi
Mobius Beltway (Mobile)
Matchbox Cars mounted on Aluminum, Masonite, Plywood Frame
2013
30"" x  70""  x 14"" 
What It Takes by Chambliss Giobbi
What It Takes
Toy Cars, Plywood, Mixed Media
2014
24"" x  12""  x 12"" 
Santa by Chambliss Giobbi
Santa
Children's Toys / Mixed Media
2012
43"" x  28"" 
Shores of Troy by Chambliss Giobbi
Shores of Troy
Collage, Bees Wax on two 60" x 60" Aluminum Panels
2013
60"" x  120"" 
Dying Gaul 1 by Chambliss Giobbi
Dying Gaul 1
Collage, Bees Wax on MDF
2013
30"" x  48"" 
Alberich by Chambliss Giobbi
Alberich
Collage, Bees Was on Aluminum Panel
2012-13
68"" x  92"" 
Half-Nelson by Chambliss Giobbi
Half-Nelson
Collage, Bees Was on Aluminum Panel
2013
60"" x  60"" 
Portrait of Alice O'Malley 2 by Chambliss Giobbi
Portrait of Alice O'Malley 2
Collage, Bees Wax on Tycore
2010
92 " x  56 " 
Tanz Fur Mich, Salome 3,(Self-Portrait) by Chambliss Giobbi
Tanz Fur Mich, Salome 3,(Self-Portrait)
Collage, Bees Wax on Aluminum Panel
2009
36" x  36" 
Portrait of Fisher Stevens II by Chambliss Giobbi
Portrait of Fisher Stevens II
Collage, Magic-Sculpt on Aluminum Panel
2007
60" x  60"  x 3" 
Torso of Indian Larry by Chambliss Giobbi
Torso of Indian Larry
Collage, Acrylic on Aluminum Panel
2005
68" x  92" 
Norn 8 by Chambliss Giobbi
Norn 8
Collage, Bees Wax on Aluminum Panel
2009
24" x  18" 
Torso of Gina DePalma by Chambliss Giobbi
Torso of Gina DePalma
Collage on Aluminum Panel
2004
68" x  92" 
Portrait of Laine Valentino II by Chambliss Giobbi
Portrait of Laine Valentino II
Collage, Bees Wax on Aluminum Panel
2001
68" x  92" 
Portrait of Marc Tauss II by Chambliss Giobbi
Portrait of Marc Tauss II
Collage, Bees Wax on Aluminum Panel
1999
54" x  92" 

Artist Statement

Chambliss Giobbi divides his studio work between sculpture and photographic collages.

His sculptures utilize toys and other childhood-related objects to create a feeling that is at once nostalgic for a more innocent time in our lives and yet raise questions about our adult world. Works include Matchbox-car covered mobiles that are shaped into Mobius Strips: geometric anomalies, which are three-dimensional ribbons, yet only have one surface. The effect is of remembrance of the toys we may have played with as children, then re-contextualized as a non-orientable netherworld of perpetually returning to origin. Similarly, colorful plastic model motorcycle kits combined and re-assembled as mutated Rube Goldberg contraptions. 

His figurative collages work on two levels: Firstly, as objects of obsessive psychological and physical mutation, and secondly, as testaments to an intense personal courtship between artist and model. After a marathon photo session with his subject, Giobbi prints thousands of photographs. He then tears the prints and glues them, piece by piece, layer upon layer, to create the image. What follows is a series of collages on panels. Each series embodies a reinvention of technique that conforms to how Giobbi sees the individual portrayed.

Giobbi’s work is deeply psychological: portraits at once linear and composed, then abrupt and splintered. One is left with the notion of witnessing a concentrated, virtually operatic compression of moments, catharsis and myth: an intimate viewing of entropy.

A recipient of Guggenheim, NEA and NYFA fellowships, Giobbi was a prolific composer of classical music for fifteen years before turning to visual art. The notion of time and simultaneity in the development of musical ideas has become a central theme in his fractured, stop-frame images.

Chambliss Giobbi lives and works in New York City.

Artist Bio / CV


SOLO

2014    AMERICAN IRON, 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles,  CA

2012    SE7N: THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL  (Catalogue , Essay by Walter Robinson)

2010    VOLTA NY, MiTO Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Barcelona

2008    URBAN MYTH, MiTO Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Barcelona (Catalogue)

            TIME AND AGAIN, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY  John Massier, Curator (Catalogue)

GROUP

2014    IT’S IN THE DETAILS, FigureWorks, Brooklyn  Randall Harris, Curator

2013   

EYE ON THE STORM, Robert Rauschenberg Gallery, Ft. Myers, FL, Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT  Dominick Lombardi, Curator  (Catalogue)

           REMIX: SELECTIONS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COLLAGE CENTER, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY,  Pavel Zoubok, Curator (Catalogue)

2012  CLOUD NINE, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn  Larry Walczak, Curator

          NOT-SO-STILL (LIFE), (three-person), 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL

2011  TO AND FRO, MiTO Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Barcelona

         MIX AND MATCH, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania, Hampden Gallery, UMass Amherst,
Klaus Postler, Curator

         WHO DARES WINS, The Butcher’s Daughter, Detroit, MI  Monica Bowman, Curator              

2010 BORDERS AND FRONTIERS: GLOBALIZATION, TEMPORALITY AND APPROPRIATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY IMAGE, Oakland University Art Gallery, Detroit, MI  Dick Goody, Curator (Catalogue)

2009  183rd ANNUAL: AN INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ART, National Academy Museum, NYC (Catalogue)

2008  STRETCHING THE TRUTH, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI  Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator

2004  PHOTO-SYNTHESIS, Artists Space, NYC  KK Kozik, Curator C

2003  BACK/ROOM, Jack The Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

2002  COPY CAT, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY  Simon Taylor, Curator

2001  BREAKING THE RULES, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY  Eugenie Tsai, Curator                          INTERNATIONAL, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ  Dan Cameron, Curator

2000  PROPOSE, Artists Space, NYC  Tara MacDowell, Letha Wilson, Curators           

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES, Santander, Spain

INTERNATIONAL COLLAGE CENTER, Milton, PA

EDUCATION

Boston University, B.F.A., Music Composition ‘86