Bí Urban was crushed to have to cancel our exhibition of local artist Gib’s Junkyard Renaissance due to Covid lock-down. We were entranced by Gib’s dystopian robots, pieces forged from scrap metal into new life, from the moment we met them. The Robots come from an imaginary world, where the only available resources are recycled junk from another era.
For Gib, these robots “are pure flights of imagination, made with whatever materials come my way. Make, do and mend is a philosophy I grew up with and now it is more relevant than ever. Seeing an alternate use for an object is something that comes naturally to me. I have been doing it my whole life. It probably started when I was a kid playing with cardboard boxes and seeing them as space ships or castles. I’m still that kid.”
We have now launched on online feature piece on our website with a catalogue of his work, along with a small physical window display of some of his creations in our shop on Manor Street.
Originally born in Brighton, England, Gib journeyed to Queensland Australia where he stayed until 2001 before landing in Ireland and eventually taking up residency in Stoneybatter. Since then Gib has had his work in both sculpture & painting featured in a series of annual exhibitions for RUA, RHA and the Botanic Garden’s Sculpture in Context, as well as having his own solo show “Childhood Space” at The Ivy House Dublin in 2009.