Leah Cabinum’s Art Exhibit, EMERGE, Opens at UPSTATE Gallery on Main

August 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. –  UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition by South Carolina artist Leah Cabinum. EMERGE, a sculptural installation and spatial experience exhibition, opens August 30 and continues to November 3. A public reception will be held during Spartanburg ArtWalk on Thursday, September 20, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Leah Cabinum creates immersive installations, sculptural objects, and drawings made from diverse materials not necessarily associated with art. Holding degrees in metalsmithing, sculpture and drawing, she uses a variety of techniques that support a cyclical theme, which is pervasive throughout her work. Inspired by the cyclical, interconnected nature of human experience and perception, Cabinum’s organic abstractions celebrate the complexity of both the growth process and our intuitive understanding of inevitable change. Using effervescent color and playful biomorphic forms as visual conduits for emotive discovery, her pulsating, sculptural installations gently challenge the viewer to find their own center in our ever changing universe. Often derived from repurposed objects that link the physical to the conceptual, her materials are chosen for their inherent attributes. Cabinum’s practice is in the vein of Arte Povera, the radical Italian art movement from the late 1960s whose artists explored a range of unconventional processes and nontraditional ‘everyday’ materials.

“I am a link,” said Cabinum. “My work is a process of exploring the cyclical relationship between ideas and things. Sculptural objects, installations, mark-making, performance and video are the product. The combination of touching a thing and looking beyond its surface (or vice versa), enables me to discover connections. Media and materials range from trash to gold and are chosen for their corporal and conceptual value alike. Often, the subtlety of a thing is what lures me in, like an inaudible whisper that can only be felt. I link the tangible with the intangible.”

Of the EMERGE exhibition the artist says, “This emotive body of work was created as a response to my personal journey. My perspective continues to evolve from one of reckoning to one of reveling. Biomorphic, curvaceous, voluptuous, and bulging forms made from a variety of materials mimic the visceral and link my physical and psychological beings. In keeping with established personal practice, this exhibition relies upon natural references, such as flora, fauna, and physiology to symbolize various phases and emotions that I have experienced in my youth until the present.”

Cabinum received her Master of Fine Arts from Winthrop University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Born in Athens, Georgia, Cabinum’s work has been widely exhibited, including nationally at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and Marin MOCAShe lives in Upstate South Carolina’s rural countryside where she works in her studio and shares her passion with her art students.

“This exhibit will intrigue and surprise guests when they visit our Main Street location,” said University Gallery Director Jane Nodine. “Leah will be joining the USC Upstate art faculty this fall to teach three-dimensional design and painting so this is an opportunity to introduce her to the community.”

For more information about Leah Mulligan Cabinum, please visit http://www.mulliganarts.com/.