In the world of Sloane Bibb, a license plate can become a goldfinch and a Chevrolet hood ornament can be a belt buckle. The Decatur, Ala., artist is known for taking found objects and advertising ephemera and converting them into three-dimensional art that evokes both a sense of nostalgia and humor.
Bibb worked in the advertising and design industries for 12 years, which he says heavily influenced his art. "I began doing this particular style on canvas, using mainly paint, old paper and beeswax," Bibb said. "However, the glue made the canvases torque and bend, so I moved to wood. With the wood canvases, I was able to incorporate metal and found objects, and with these elements my work increasingly became more 3-D. As far as the theme goes, I know what the main element will be when I start, but as I flip through old magazines and catalogs the story grows and usually changes. I try to put things together that don't go together or are just comical together."
"Sloane Bibb is an artist I have admired for some time," said MSMA director Daniel White. "With his work there is always this sense of discovery, as you are always going to see something new that you haven't seen before. It is layers upon layer of material, but he always gives you access to how it is made and an honest approach to his use of materials. Relying on his art training and a knack for collecting unusual objects and parts, he makes works that are rather assemblages than they are paintings."