Above: "Bucket with Abstraction", a piece done by Robert Lobe, who will be at Lux Art Institute from March 27 to April 24.
Inspired by the shapes, materials, and textures found in the wild, Lobe depicts rocks and trees in shimmering, hollow forms using heat-treated, hammered aluminum. The signature process is an adaptation of repoussé, an ancient technique in which metal is hammered to create designs or shapes.
From March 27 to April 24, Lobe will be living and working at Lux, while creating an aluminum tree sculpture in repoussé. Visitors can “see art happen” while he is in-studio and view his exhibit, featuring numerous examples of these metal works, through May 22, 2010.
Lobe encases trees and rocks in sheets of aluminum, using mallets and a pneumatic air compressor to stretch and tighten the metal. Through the force of repetitive blows from the hammers, Lobe alters the structure of the aluminum until it conforms snugly to the texture of the rock or tree, exposing its interior volume. The new surface replicates and abstracts the contours and enhances the play of light and shadow on the aluminum skin.
Lobe’s work has been commissioned and exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Raised in Cleveland and educated at Oberlin College and Hunter College, Lobe has received a variety of awards and prizes including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Creative Artists Public Service Award, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award.
Location: Lux Art Institute: 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 Get Directions