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Starting from a sculptural sensibility Cobbing’s works include video, installation and performance. Clay and ceramics are utilized to explore notions of haptics, gesture, formlessness and entropy. Actions are looped, often engaging with slapstick humour and absurdity, appearing to be caught in a state of incompletion.
Cobbing studied BA Sculpture at Central St Martins, De Ateliers artists’ institute in Amsterdam, and PhD Fine Art by Practice at Middlesex University. He was awarded the Helen Chadwick Fellowship at The Ruskin School and British School at Rome, resulting in the Gradiva Project at Freud Museum and Camden Arts Centre (2007-8). He was artist in residence at Turquoise Mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2009/10, and at Tokyo Arts and Space Residency in 2014.
Exhibitions include: In Touch National Museum of Ceramics, Princessehof, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (2020) Lost in Translation De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium (2019/20) Haptic Loop Cooke Latham Gallery, London (solo) The Ground We Have in Common Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso, Italy (2019) CLAY! / LER! Museum Jorn, Denmark, Material Gestures, Gallery of Contemporary Art, E-WERK Freiburg, Germany, Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen and Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2018).