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PROTOTYPESInstallation by Allen CobbICON is pleased to announce the opening of Allen Cobb’s exhibition Prototypes: Creative Work by Allen Cobb on First Friday in Fairfield, July 7th, 6:30-10:00pm. An introductory talk by the artist on the following Thursday, July 13th, will give gallery goers a glimpse into the mind that created the show and a compass to steer oneself through the show. The exhibit continues through September 23rd. “Allen is one of the more unique creators in Fairfield,” says ICON Director Bill Teeple. “I say ‘creator’, because artist doesn’t adequately covey the full extent of Allen’s creative realm. He is equally artist, scientist, fabricator, designer and philosopher.” As Cobb puts it, “Everyone creates, and all creativity comes from the same silent source. Art is the intentional application of creative acts for two purposes: to further the discovery of deeper self-knowledge, and to offer the byproduct of that process to others. An artwork is, in essence, a side-effect of one person's chosen activity for discovery.”The exhibition includes images, installations, slides, models and videos. The realms for exploring creative thinking are endless for Cobb. His activity flows between visual art (both hands on and computer created), sound and music explorations, and writing (fiction and non-fiction).“Each of the pieces shown here is a prototype for something greater or more polished yet to come,” says Cobb. “This show is a menagerie of ideas that have emerged far enough to prove themselves interesting — collectively they afford a glimpse into one person's approach and sensibilities, a blueprint for future creations, and perhaps insights or directions of some interest to others.”