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Odds and ends have new life in artist's hands

Sloane Bibb reuses found objects in his artwork

POSTED: October 31, 2013 1:00 a.m.

In the world of Sloane Bibb, a license plate can become a goldfinch and a Chevrolet hood ornament can be a belt buckle. The Decatur, Ala., artist is known for taking found objects and advertising ephemera and converting them into three-dimensional art evoking both a sense of nostalgia and humor.

A collection of Bibb’s work is on display now through Nov. 30 at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art. Admission is free to the gallery at 567 Georgia St. in Demorest. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact director Daniel White at 706-894-4201 or dwhite@piedmont.edu.

“Sloane Bibb is an artist I have admired for some time,” MSMA director Daniel White said. “With his work there is always this sense of discovery, as you are always going to see something new that you haven’t seen before. It is layers upon layer of material, but he always gives you access to how it is made and an honest approach to his use of materials. Relying on his art training and a knack for collecting unusual objects and parts, he makes works that are rather assemblages than they are paintings.”

Bibb worked in the advertising and design industries for 12 years, which he says heavily influenced his art.

“I began doing this particular style on canvas, using mainly paint, old paper and beeswax,” Bibb said. “However, the glue made the canvases torque and bend, so I moved to wood. With the wood canvases, I was able to incorporate metal and found objects, and with these elements my work increasingly became more 3-D. As far as the theme goes, I know what the main element will be when I start, but as I flip through old magazines and catalogs the story grows and usually changes. I try to put things together that don’t go together or are just comical together.”


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