The Long Game
July 6-30, 2017
Opening Reception: First Thursday, July 6, 6-8pm
We are proud to present "The Long Game", a solo exhibition of juniper and bronze sculpture and original sketches by Hib Sabin this July. A print and digital catalog will be released in conjunction with the solo show, available only through the gallery.
Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous) returns with a body of work that considers ideas about age in a world where youth is lauded, applauded, and sought after with religious fervor. Now in his 80s, Sabin turns his critical eye and dexterous carving hand upon himself, with work that reflects upon the timelessness of the human condition, the desire to revisit the past with a discerning eye, and a fearlessness of what lies beyond the known.
“The Long Game” is partially inspired by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s final album, released in 2016 just a month before his death at 82. Sabin--also 82--found deep resonance with Cohen’s mentions of ‘leaving the table, being out of the game’, and recognizing the growing desire to move beyond the hustle and games and seek something new.
What does it mean to leave the table, to fold the cards and seek out a different game, a different table, and new players? What kind of sight does it take to peer beyond the pool of light on the baize and see something out there? Sabin utilizes animal characters--Ravens and Owls in particular--to explore the states of the human soul, and convey the power and grace of age, aging and agelessness.