Is this now? Is this exciting? Does this work require the public to experience it live and is it more rewarding than its documentation? Those three questions are among the many I ask when I start an idea or a project. Much of today's work seems old. Even the idea of having a discipline seems a rather dated cliché. How I create challenging new works that push expectation now seems to come from my comfort in and commitment to doubt and uncertainty as part of the practice of contemporary art.
Being comfortable with this feeling has led me to challenge some of the language of contemporary art. And try to create new conversations using subtle materials like sound and aroma in works like "blue, blue," a collection of silently vibrating bells and "Same as it ever was" a curation and collaboration of earthy location-based aromas. From large, expansive spatial gestures and solid structural works to delicate, nuanced explorations using space-hungry materials like light, sound, and aroma, there is constant diversity in the media and texture of the space in my practice.
These works bring to light the individuality of experience; the individuality and elasticity of time and space. They invoke the world outside as well as encouraging an investigation of exhibition space. They play on the edge of knowing and not knowing and with objects that have history, presence and the personal histories of the individual exploring a border between the unintelligible and the intangible.
In a personal and artistic journey, Sabe challenged his 14 years of sculptural experience, along with his personal safety and sanity by rowing out in a boat he assembled on the beaches of the Gulf Coast to a small uninhabited island to live. There in isolation, he found value in the subtle and the fragile nature of our bodies and how we mistreat the earth because of our isolation from nature in the enclosed habitats of comfort.
Since then Sabe has added his body as a medium for his work, shifting to social engagement and dealing with doubt and uncertainty as a central theme.
This year he was selected for the UK traveling exhibition Bloomberg New Contemporaries and has exhibited in solo shows at the Centre for Contemporary Arts and Pipe Factory, both in Glasgow.
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