William Cobbing’s artworks encompass a diverse range of media, including sculpture, installation, performance and video. Slapstick scenarios are created in which people are depicted immured in surrounding architecture, or buried under layers of earth or clay. The works allude to the idea of entropy, blurring the boundaries between body and landscape. Recent works involve the imprint of text and image into ceramic surfaces; from words scored into wet clay then effaced, to impressions of found images transformed through lustre glazes.
Education2013 - 2014 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam2006 - 2008 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London2002 - 2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London2001 - 2002 Art Foundation, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Solo Exhibitions2020 Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA (forthcoming)2018 As mist, description, South London Gallery, UK2017 Hot Cottons, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway2017 Night Plants, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland2016 Mustard, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL2016 Quarters, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy2015 Halted Paves, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany2015 Particle of Inch, The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK 2015 Spring for a Ground, SculptureCenter, NY, USA2014 Dinosaurs, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland 2014 In Lukes and Dregs, The Approach, London, UK 2013 Highly Liquid, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL2013 Out of Empty, Albert Baronian, Room, Brussels 2012 Hands Down, unosolo project room, Milan, Italy 2011 ON, The Approach, London, UK 2010 Weekend, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL2010 Background, IBID Projects, London, UK2009 Background, La Salle de bains, Lyon, France2009 Some Surplus, Plan B, Amsterdam, NL2008 the angle between two walls (with Brock Enright), MOT International, London, UK2006 A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
PublicationsMagali Reus, First Mongraph series, JRP I Ringier, Zurich, SwitzerlandFuture Eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield East, AustraliaEuroVisions; Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection, NAS, Sydney, AustraliaI aint the noing UV it im jus onle the showing UV it, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NorwayInside Intensity, Kunsthaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany