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Mysticism in art

Photo by || Vincent Fernandez || [email protected]

As he navigates through his Facebook page, Chris Daubert clicks through a number of pictures and videos that he calls his “constructions and concepts.”

Diligently searching for an image buried in a sea of photographs on the social networking website, Daubert seems perplexed.

“Don’t they arrange them a certain way, by date or something?” asks Daubert, art professor at City College.

Finally finding what he’s looking for, he settles on a video of himself testing a new construction that will debut in his art show at Blue Line Civic Art Center in Roseville Oct. 16.

The focal point of Daubert’s show is a wall 6-and-a-half-feet tall and 25-feet long, featuring 4,500 heat-seeking motion detectors Along with the motion detectors, Daubert has also wired 4,500 red LED lights and 4,500 tuned doorbells.

Hoping to feel the ghost of a person’s body heat through lighting and sound, Daubert says he wants to re-create what might be a spiritual encounter, or at least the sentiment of one.

Daubert has taught art at City College for more than 10 years and says it’s a must-have for emerging artists.
“Community college is where art is,” Daubert says. “This is where it all starts.”

Daubert is teaching part-time this semester but is still keeping himself busy with other projects, including two art shows in October.

Along with the transfiguration art show, Daubert will also be presenting some of his paintings at the b. sakata garo art gallery on J Street in Sacramento Oct. 9, during the Second Saturday festivities.
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As both a fan of Pre-Colombian art history and a professional in the field, Daubert found his latest inspiration in two temples in Mexico. One, located near Mexico City, was a shaman temple built on a mountain from which they cut an enormous V shape, he says. The temple was the size of an igloo, with sheets of black granite forming a type of mirror. Once a year they would put a shaman priest into the temple, with the sun shining just so through the mountain and off the mirrors, and after ten minutes this shaman was to have a revelation of the coming year for his people.

It was in wondering what the shaman felt, saw and heard during these 10 minutes that Daubert was compelled to create the abstract stone paintings for the b. sakata garo exhibition. Not painting on stone, but layers and layers of paint to create the illusion of real stone.

“Paintings don’t exist. They are abstract with an illusion of real,” Daubert says.

During a recent class, Daubert challenged his students on the concepts of artistic philosophy.

“What do you think artists do?” Daubert asked one of his students. “Hold anyone’s attention for any amount of time in this fast-paced world, and you can tell a fascinating story.”

Daubert demands his students take the creative process seriously.

“He expects the best of us,” says Dennis Palmer, a City College student. “And if we don’t do our best he knows it and makes sure everyone else in the class does, too.”

“I’ve taken a lot of art classes here,” says Dianna Flores, a City College student. “Mr. Daubert is the coolest teacher I’ve had so far.”

Daubert has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts from San Jose State and has been dedicated to the pursuit of his artistic endeavors for as long as he can remember.

“Luckily I never had to think about it [being an artist],” Daubert says. I’ve never not done it—since I was a kid. It was a no-brainer.”

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