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Man in the Planet

Cobbing, William (2010) Man in the Planet. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Cobbing, William

Man in the Planet involves a series of sculptures, installations, photographs and video.

Throughout the gallery is installed a series of fragmented casts of human limbs, as if immured by the architecture. The body is displayed as a vestige, a husk of what was once there. These works express concepts of entropy; how earthly material is dispersed, causing boundaries between body and landscape to be forever blurred.

In the video Moon walker (2009) footage of the artist walking along a deserted beach backwards is reversed, creating the paradox of the artist clearing the footprints he left before his arrival, as if furtively covering his tracks. The most recent work derives from Cobbing’s artist residency in Afghanistan, during which he created a series of photographs of the sandstone niches left behind after the Taliban destruction of the Buddha monuments in Bamiyan. The photographs depict the Buddha niches reflected in a mirror, furthering the erasure of their image and entropic dispersal.

Other Contributors:
CuratorSelvaggio, Rita
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 15 September 2010
Funders: Fondazione Carpilo, Gemmo, British Council
Related Websites: http://www.viafarini.org/italiano/mostre/cobbing.html
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Viafarini DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini 4, 20154 Milan, Italy15 September 201030 October 2010
Material/Media: sculptures, installations, photographs and video
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 14:32
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:32
Item ID: 5711
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5711

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