Paint Cans.

We’ve seen artists work with process related materials, but that was nothing in comparison to this.  Recently I visited Steven Dobbin’s studio to view his new work, and I was impressed.

If you happened to visit the Zip Code show in our pop up gallery in Arlington, VA, then you’ve seen the predecessor of this work.  He has a show that recently opened in New York.  Yes. Yes.  All tremendous area artists end up there, but with out rambling on too much where the good artists are, let’s take a second to look.  

Steven takes an icon, and obsesses about it.  Seriously.  We’re not talking about a few cans stacked against a wall.  We’re talking about volume, and that means work.   He preps the cans, which includes proper disposal of the paint, and the instigation of the deterioration of the cans with both chemical and natural means.  Yes, yes, oxidation in nature is chemistry, but let’s move beyond that,  his yard has been full of containers filled with paint and cat littler to aid the drying of left over paint.  Think of the 100s of gallons of dried paint which receive proper disposal!   It’s also important to note that these are all essentially recycled, from paint left overs that were either found or donated to the project. 

I’m constantly in awe of what he does with diligence and perfection,  which is followed by obsession.  One work isn’t enough.  He continues the idea until it’s done, and this time we’re talking well over 850 cans in our friend’s gallery in NY.  Steven has often told me that he wished he could stop, but he can’t.  He’s compelled to move forward.

View his  current installation entitled “Reclamation” at Causey Contemporary below.  We are so lucky to get to see his process of installation here.

View the show here, check out the images of rust and pigment on a panel.  Well worth the visit!