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click to enlarge James Cobb, The Bridge ('Tooky Jelly') - COURTESY
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'Tooky Jelly'

In his interview last year with the artist James Cobb, Current contributor Gary Sweeney summed up what many feel about the work of this most accomplished yet least self-promoting of all San Antonio artists: "extremely smart, complex, and under appreciated ... that rare and refreshing combination of intelligence and craftsmanship." Sweeney and Cobb first exhibited together at the old Wong Spot space on South Flores and Cevallos in the mid-'90s and Cobb was hot — critically and commercially. Since then, Cobb found himself "struck by a palpable distaste" of art-world shenanigans. He left the game. His practice then embraced digital media, and his patient application of vector graphics has revealed Cobb to be a deeper thinker and more integrated stylist that we knew. His show at Fl!ght Gallery last year stirred up awestruck enthusiasm and for good reason. He wrested from the expected career path his own, highly disciplined trajectory. His occupation of Sala Diaz may blow your mind synapse by synapse, not only in its grandeur, but in its elusive grasp on the heart. Check out his titling, too. In addition to his print The Bridge (left), Cobb's work can be seen on this week's cover. Free, 6:30-9:30pm, Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren St., (972) 900-0047, facebook.com/saladiazart.

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