Glasgow School of Art, 2017, MFA
New York Studio School NYC, 2011
From large, expansive spatial gestures and solid structural works to delicate, nuanced explorations using space-hungry materials like light, sound, and aroma, there is constant diversity in the media and texture of the space in my practice.
This diversity is used to create works that engage with the imagination or with society - the public acting as collaborators - and environmental issues.
In May of 2015, I transported a boat I spent almost a year designing, to the Gulf Coast and assembled it to row out and live alone on the U.S. barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of my work now deals with the transient qualities I experienced there and frequently the conversation is ecological. My works or events play on the edge of certainty, often using objects that have history and presence, and the personal stories of the individual, to explore the border between the unintelligible and the intangible.
Rarely do I work exclusively in one medium; I invite the audience to explore the creation, refinement, and use of the materials in a particular work, by society. In my social engagement work, I focus on ethereal qualities such as taste, sound, conversation and exchange.
In 2001 Sabe completed his formal training at Memphis College of Art receiving a dual degree of Bachelor of Fine Art in both painting and computer arts with a minor in Art history. After a group show where he took Best of Show juried by Gary Hill, winner of two Guggenheim Fellowships and the Leone d’Oro Prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale, at the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, he began to move away from painting and focus on video and sculpture work. His first solo show using these new mediums was in 2014.
That year Sabe appeared twice in Bare Hill Publishing's "The State of Art” book series, one volume for his previous painting work, the other for his new work.
The following year Sabe added his body as a medium for his work with a project in the Gulf of Mexico. Last year Sabe did residencies at Hospitalfield, and Art/Earth/Tech in La Cheraille, France and received a Sustainability in Action Group Grant. This year he graduated with Merit as a Master of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and was exhibited in a solo show at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.
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