Abstract Earth Gallery

SculpturePainting & DrawingFiber and Paper
 

Dean Corbitt

Artist's Statement  ::
GRIDS & PROBABILITIES OF CHANCE

My work is chance encounters through a polymorphic door. The art is resulting conversations encrypted in the unlikely language of cut, paste, and paint.

Grids and Probabilities of Chance is about controlled chaos within a structured environment, two things living in the same place at the same time, and patterns interlaced in global cultures. It is a series of paper collages combining photography, paint, and printed paper.

Grids are guidelines defining spatial limits for chance occurrences. The pieces are object oriented and photos are occasionally embedded as a definitive source for graphic responses. Images are less about the objects themselves and more about their origin and how they translate into my own iconic language. The process is akin to playing jazz; the work is started with a general concept and played out with reference to a particular point in time, past or present.

Dean Corbitt, 2006

REVIEW

Controlled Chaos On Display AT MAC Gallery

By: Wendy Kay Strani , The Mesquite News 09/09/2004

"My work is chance encounters through a polymorphic door," Corbitt said of his work. "The art is a diary of resulting conversations, encrypted in the unlikely language of cut and paste, and paint"

The art itself is a series of paper collages that combine photography, paint, printed paper and, in the case of the shadow box series, thread.

Each piece speaks eloquently of rhythm, motion and mood and is as separate from the others as the colors of the rainbow.

Not identified as much by name as by series number, Corbitt said his pieces focus more on the origin of the piece and how it translated into his own iconic language rather than the object itself.

"The process is akin to playing jazz," he explained. "The work is started with a general concept and played out with reference to a particular point in time, past or present"

The jazz analogy goes further than the process used in creating them. The resulting images are similar to the patterns one imagines when listening to the music.

Sometimes the images are steady and solid, such as MHC project 16CB which features warm tones and a diamond-like pattern of stripes and dots. Energy is portrayed in this piece in both the color choice and the diagonal position of the lines, but everything is kept steady by the underlying box-like structure and the strict lines of the frame.

Creating a more reflective mood is a piece like MHC project 03, created in 2002. A collection of deep grays is warmed by a background area of medium tan that echoes movement in the grays. The piece is kept from being depressing or boring by softly diagonal lines and offset painted framing.

The show isn't all about solid or sober reflections, though.

The energy is picked up and made playful in some pieces, such as MHC project 07B. If you squint and look sideways, it can almost look like a playful sailboat dancing on a large wave.

Yellow diagonal lines are accented by their elongated chevron nature and the triangular shape of the overall body. A muted background echoes this pattern and provides depth to the piece while offset, brightly colored frames are held in by a highly textured painted white frame.

Even more energy can be found in the shadowbox portion of the show in which Corbitt didn't feel the need to constrain his work to strict square boxes.

"My work is about obsessions," he said. "It's about embracing technology, exploring form and imagery. The images meld several experiences into one - design experience, artistic energy, love of technology, and passion for imagery. The graphic experience is not only a broad collection of geometric distortions but also a diverse expression of personal icons."

The show will be on display in the main gallery during normal operating hours of the Mesquite Arts Center through Oct. 4.

ęStar Community Newspapers 2004

Pieces by Dean Corbitt:


* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Biography  ::
Dean Corbitt is a sixth generation Texan, raised in New Mexico. He returned to Texas and studied architecture prior to receiving a BA in Advertising Design from Texas Tech University. Dean Corbitt Studio was founded in 1976. His direction covers a broad range of disciplines including illustration, print design, corporate identity, and his art exploring cultural icons around the globe. He has won numerous awards and his work has been exhibited world-wide. Today his energies are directed toward the personal work, "resolving what I don't know" as well as commissions. The most recent pieces are sewn paper collages in shadowboxes. For more information about process, pricing, purchasing or commissions feel free to email dean@deancorbitt.com.

1972 Lives and works in Dallas, Texas 1946 Born in Lamesa, Texas

EDUCATION 1984 Post Graduate Studies in Printmaking, SMU, Dallas, Texas 1969 B.A. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

PROFESSIONAL 1976 Dean Corbitt Studio, Dallas, Texas, Freelance Artist & Designer 1972 Advertising Arts Studio, Staff Illustrator, Dallas, Texas

Selected Exhibitions:  ::
2005
Grid Irons, 416 West Gallery, Three Person Exhibition, Dennison, Texas
2005
Works By Dean Corbitt, McCormick Gallery, Solo, Midland, Texas
2004
Grids & Probabilities of Chance, Mesquite Arts Center, Solo, Mesquite, Texas
2004
Outside the Lines, Bath House Cultural Center, Juried, Dallas, Texas
2004
VAST 36th Annual Juried Exhibition, Center For the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas
2003
Digital Visions Now, Mountain View College, Curated by Paul Rogers Harris, Dallas, Texas
2003
Connections, Bath House Cultural Center, Juried by Patricia Meadows, Dallas, Texas
2003
12th Annual Juried Art Show, Breckenridge Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, Texas
2003
4th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, First Frontier Collage Society at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, Austin, Texas
2003
Digital Experimental III, Period Gallery, International Juried Exhibition, Lincoln, Nebraska
2003
City Views, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2003
43rd Annual Invitational, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas
2003
Members Exhibition, Dallas Center For Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas
2002
Carolyn Bacon Host An Evening With Dean Corbitt, Solo Studio Show, Dallas, Texas
2002
Picture Yourself At The MAC, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2001
Living And Working In Texas, A Rotating Exhibit of Texas Art and Artists, Curated by Marie Park, Private Dealer, Dallas, Texas
2001
Members Exhibition, Dallas Center For Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas
1993
Surface Treatment, Marie Park, Recent Art Of The 20th Century, Dallas, Texas
1992
Dean Corbitt / Realities, Solo Exhibition, Clegg Fine Arts Gallery, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia
1991
Gallery Artists, Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1989
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Silver Award, Dallas, Texas
1989
National Marketing And Communications Show, Gold Award, New York, New York
1988
Windows And Doors: Drawing On Architecture, Solo Studio Show with Marie Park, Recent Art Of The 20th Century, Dallas, Texas
1988
The RED Collection, Galerie Gorpal, Dallas, Texas
1988
For The Public Good, The American Institute Of Graphic Arts, Design International Traveling Exhibition
1987
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Bronze Award, Dallas, Texas
1986
Selected Works, Galerie Gorpal, Dallas, Texas
1986
31st Annual Awards Show, Art Directors Club Of Houston, Houston, Texas
1985
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Dallas, Texas
1985
DSVC Annual Show, Dallas Society Of Visual Communications, Dallas, Texas
1985
TIA XVII, Typographers International Association, Silver Award, Dallas, Texas
1984
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Gold Award, Dallas, Texas
1984
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Bronze Award, Dallas, Texas
1984
TIA 16, Typographers International Association, Silver Award, Dallas, Texas
1983
TOPS, Dallas Advertising League, Silver Award, Dallas, Texas
1982
The Magnificent Graphex Seven, Art Director's Club Of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1979
Acrylic On Board, New Works Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1979
Annual Juried Show, Dallas Illustrators, Dallas, Texas
1978
Annual Juried Show, Dallas Illustrators, Dallas, Texas
1977
Annual Juried Show, Dallas Illustrators, Dallas, Texas

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2000
Logo 2000, David Carter Publications, New York, New York
1999
The Big Book Of Logos, Hearst Book International, New York, New York, pp. 81-82
1999
Bullet-Proof Logos, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, New York, p. 51
1993
American Corporate Identity, Art Direction Book Company, New York, New York, pp. 65, 68
1992
Print's Regional Design Annual, Print Magazine, R.C. Publications, Rockville, Maryland, p. 103
1987
28th Annual Exhibition, CA Magazine, CA-87, Coyne & Blanchard, Inc., Palo Alto, California
1981
Graphic Communications For The Performing Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Inc., New York, New York, cover & p. 42

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Club Corporation of America, Cadillac Fairview, Ericsson, Fleetguard, Fleetwood Industries, Ford Motor Company, M Bank, Mitsubishi, Nielsen, Nortel, O'Donnnell Foundation, PennDavisMcFarland, Printess Properties, Southland Corporation

SELECTED TRAVELS

USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Caribbean, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Viet Nam, Thailand, Somoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Biak, Bali, Jakarta, Malaysia, Burma, India, Maldives, United Arab Emirants, Yemen, Oman, Katar, Jordan, Djbouti, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Crete, Sciliy, Turkey, Greece, Sardinia, Yugoslavia, Italy, Monaco, France, Gibraltar, Morocco, Madeira, United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Bermuda, Tristan du Cunha, South Africa