Mimicry, New Work by Colby Brinkman
Opening reception: October 5th from 7 to 10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays from 12 to 5pm, October 7th – November 4th
In entomology, an instar is a stage, a continuation of the lifecycle before eclosion–the transforming emergence of an insect. It is a cycle reflecting nature’s essence and essential work, akin to re-animation, re-imagination, re-tailoring, and re-awakening. In Mimicry, instar is a reflection of what arrives and articulates from the frass and gall of most notions, guises, and impulses–the cracking of creation.
Mimicry is Colby Brinkman’s 2nd and final show at Dimension Gallery, and is resumed development of sculptures from his first, Hexapoda, which merged metal, carbon, and fire into creepily familiar and fantastic forms.
Colby Brinkman began his training as an artist and blacksmith in 1995. He spent two years as a journeyman under master smiths in Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. Since returning to Austin and opening Metal Mantis in 2005, Brinkman has applied his traditional blacksmithing to making metal sculptures, primarily larger-than-life insects — hence the name Metal Mantis. Brinkman is a founding member of the Austin Metal Authority, a collective of metal artists and blacksmiths.