Dan Corbin

sculptures

biography

Selected Exhibits
2004 One Man Show: Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA
2003 One Man Show: Ramsden Morrison Gallery, San Diego, CA
2002 One Man Show: William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Cima Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Represented by: Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Cima Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Ramsden Morrison Gallery, San Diego, CA
I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Buschlen Mowat Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2001 One Man Show: Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000 One Man Show: Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Represented by: William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
1999 One Man Show : Nelson/Rovzar, Seattle, WA
Group Show: Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Represented by: William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
1998 Group Show: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
Nelson/Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
1997 Represented by: Art Exchange, San Francisco, CA
I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Katharina Rich Perlow, NY
1996 One Man Show: Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NY
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Represented by: Art Exchange, San Francisco, CA
I. Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, CA
Chris Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA
Spazi Contemporary Art, MA
Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995 One Man Show: Artist Contemporary Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council, CA
1994 One Man Show: Redding Art Museum, Redding, CA
Group Show: Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
1993 Represented by: Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
One Man Show: Yuba Sutter Regional Arts Council, CA
1078 Gallery, Chico, CA
Group Show: Carmichael Arts Council, Sacramento, CA
Crocker-Kingsley Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
1989 Group Show: Accurate Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA
1988 Represented by: Gallery Ichikawa, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Group Show: Brooks Adobe Center, Santa Barbara, CA
Hanson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Group Show: Bank Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
Hayward Junior College, Hayward, CA
1984 Represented by: Artifacts Gallery, Indianapolis
Hanson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Incorporated Gallery, NY
1983 Group Show: Pacific States, San Francisco, CA
1981 One Man Show: Harcourts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected International Art Expositions
1997 Art Miami
1998 SOFA Chicago
2000 Art Chicago
2001 San Francisco International Art Expo
2002 Art Palm Beach
2003 Art Cologne, Germany


Collections Placements in over 250 private & public collections, including:
Mitchell Museum, IL
Albright Museum, NY
Horace Grant, Sir Elton John, Wolfgang Puck
Solomon Collection, CA
Crocker Kingsly Museum, CA
Awards/Commissions
1991 Juried award, Crocker-Kingsley Museum, Sacramento, Juror, Henry Hopkins
1991 Juried award, Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
1984 Juried award, California Clay, Walnut Creek, CA
1983 Commission, Eugene Performing Arts Center in Oregon
1979 Juried award, George Neubert, Curator, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA


Education
1991 M.A., Art, California State University, Chico
1972 B.A., Art, University of California, Santa Barbara

Media/Publications
7/31/2003, Jason Cassidy, “Bodies of Work,” CHICO NEWS & REVIEW, Chico, CA
2/6/2000, Monterey Museum, “Form and Essence,” RESOURCE LIBRARY MAGAZINE, Monterey, CA
5/1/98, Angela Wibking, “Body Builders,” NASHVILLE SCENE, Nashville, TN
7/7/96, Lisa Watson, “Life Forms,” SUNDAY HERALD, Monterey, CA
1995-1996, Al Mitchell, “Work in Progress,” 16 one half hour TV segments, Channel 21, Chico, CA
6/4/94, Laurie Clifton, “Building an Image,” ENTERPRISE RECORD, Chico, CA
1/8/94, Mark Anderson, “In Step with His Art,” APPEAL DEMOCRAT, Yuba City, CA
1/1/94, Rob Wilson, “Dan Corbin Sculpture,” REDDING MUSEUM OF ART (v.3,no.1), Redding, CA
4/1/93, Les Crook, “Artists Alive,” one hour interview, Continental Cable Channel 5, Marysville, CA

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
BULGARIA, FRANCE, GERMANY, LEBANON, AUSTRIA, SPAIN,UNITED KINGDOM,USA , UAE , JORDAN, Dubai, Canada, Tunisia , Malissia , New Zealand , Some of my works are displayed in the Fine Art Academy Museum in Sofia near the work of Christo.

artist statement

Corbin’s manifesto “body equals product” poses the question. Will human beings be manipulated and manufactured like inanimate objects?  Genetic technologies and their ultimate goals, in conjunction with the commercial world’s enthusiasm to market bioengineering, are the foundation of Corbin’s proclamation body equals product. In Corbin’s paradigm body equals product, contemporary figurative sculpture must address the issue of self-definition, our ability to modify our own DNA.  Science fiction has become our reality. Freedoms, procreation, heredity, nature versus nurture, the inherent dignity of human life are issues addressed by his sculpture.

The perspective of history is a major influence on Corbin.  Walking through our collective memories he borrows techniques styles and mysteries suited to his new representation of time and space. In Corbin’s new archetype of man intellect and soul are separated from the body. Armless headless anonymous cores can now be broken down to the smallest units, analyzed, engineered beautified marketed and sold.

He rebuilds his new articulation of figurative sculpture with iconography of the present embedded in the surface of his sculptures. He calls these miniature time capsules inclusions. Cosmetic bottles, action figures, dolls, feeder fish, are sealed in resin and strategically embedded about the body. These inclusions invite conceptual questions. Will the perfume in the bottles dissipate over time? Is this a symbolic attempt at bioengineering a scented body? Do the embedded feeder fish represent a metaphorical attempt at cross specie engineering?  In Corbin’s revised view of contemporary figurative sculpture individuality and physical essence have changed. The figure becomes a technologically enhanced vessel. The human body is no longer a container for a perfect being, handed down by god but an esthetically enhanced harbinger of a new era.

Revisiting classical cannons of proportion form line composition and color, Corbin seeks to create a palatable kind of “deconstructionism” based on aesthetics.  In combination with the inclusions Corbin uses a multitude of industrial materials, emphasis the intrinsic value and physical properties of each.  The surfaces become fully charged with content primed for multiple interpretations.

Multiple purposes are a recurring motif in Corbin’s work. His sculptures allude to an overriding materialistic theology while addressing a wide range of human emotions and feelings. His work lifts the human spirit while questioning what it is to be human.