GIRL CRUSH | August 5 - September 24

Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 5 - 9 pm

In Girl Crush, Amber Cobb and Laura Shill use found objects to investigate the abject and the body through collaborative sculptural and installation works. The artists' focus on the abject - a common human feeling of disgust for our own "corporeal reality" as mortal beings - is a unifying thread through their respective bodies of work. Visitors will be invited to engage with environments of objects featuring fleshy tones and dichotomously seductive and repulsive forms.

Drawing from the materials that each artist uses in her own individual practice - often intimate objects from the domestic sphere (in particular the bedroom) - the artists combine discarded objects with amassed and tediously hand-worked objects.  Through these works, Cobb and Shill attempt to place the objectified female body in relationship with all other human bodies that stretch, break, spill and ooze.  

About the Artists

Amber Cobb is a Colorado based artist, living and working in the Denver area. In 2011 she received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since graduating she has created a diverse body of work that explores the duality of the attractive and the abject. Cobb has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions both nationally and internationally. This includes xiao shan xiao at the Hunan Province Art Museum in Kaifeng, China, Sweat Baby Sweat in Los Angeles, and Direct Connect in Berlin. She has shown in numerous exhibitions and institutions in the Colorado region including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and at RedLine.
In 2015, Cobb was included in the Thief Among Thieves exhibition at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2014, the mattress works were highlighted in New American Paintings, #114.  In 2013 Cobb participated in an artist residency at Demiurge Design where she created her most monumental sculpture to date. Her full size concrete mattress, As I Adapt was included in RedLine's Not Exactly exhibition. During this same year she was included in the Biennial of Americas and had her first solo show at Gildar Gallery. Cobb is represented by Gildar Gallery in Denver and Gray Contemporary in Houston, Texas.

Laura Shill's work is a collision of sculpture, installation, performance and photographic processes.  She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2012 and has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally.  Her recent solo exhibition, Phantom Touch, at the  Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver combined installation, collage, and photo-based works to address the fraught nature of touch, absence and intimacy.


Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 pm