James Cobb & Bob Dog Catlin [USA]
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Saturday 5th April 2003
Sat/Sun 6th - 27th April 2003
14.00 - 18.00
[view by appointment]
Jim Cobb & Bob Dog create a live sonic backdrop to new disturbing
and provocative digital artworks.
"The most striking aspect of these children is the new skin
the artist has given them. Other than their hands, faces and the
plaid underpants they wear, their skin is a welter of tattoos. The
tattoos come from a wide-mouthed river of sources - religion, botany,
popular culture, and zoology, among others. That breadth makes them
resemble the archive of references bequeathed to all of us from
birth, as we become socialized. The artist thus weaves together
our cultural-historical memory and makes it visible on the litmus
paper of the skin. He could be depicting members of a different
species, or he could be showing us ourselves, if enculturation were
a lightening strike and tangible."
Jim Cobbs images are a natural extension of his paintings and his
audio work a natural progression within the digital process. OUR
CHILDREN is a series of light-jet prints of children scanned
and manipulated on computer. The full-body "illustrations"
provide a layer of free-associative narrative with a large nod to
traditional tattooing themes and motifs. It is this associative
aspect coupled with the use of children that seems to provoke highly
individual responses to the work.
The audio performance is composed from the voices of these same
children and provides another layer of associative narrative. The
sonic work is performed using laptops and LIVE software.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Cobb & Bob are members of experimental
sound group Pseudo Buddah. They promote events in Texas and distribute
audio work via their DogFingers record label.