ROBERT LOBE
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Fiddle Fern, 2013, hammered aluminum and galvanized iron, 45 x 54 x 22 ½ inches

Rock & Leaf Study, 2007, hammered galvanized iron 43 x 39 x 18 inches

Robert Lobe is an American sculptor born Detroit, Michigan in 1945. Lobe grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Oberlin College and Hunter College. Lobe’s early works were included in the “AntI-Illusion: Procedures and Materials” exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 1969.  The focus of Lobe's work is the passage of time and regeneration of nature, forces of nature and how they're manifested visually, and random distribution. Lobe uses repoussé, a method of molding pieces of metal around an object, the same method used to create the Statue of Liberty. In Lobe's case, the metal sheets are "pushed and pulled" around outcroppings in the woods. His hammered metal sculptures, mostly in aluminum, have been represented by Willard, Blum Helman and Senior and Shopmaker galleries in New York. Currently Lobe’s sculptures are on view along the Chicago Lakefront at Soldier Field at the Field Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (until January 17, 2016) and The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, “The City Lives”, Nov. 24 through Jan16, 2016. www.robertlobe.com

Mary Magdalene of the Forest Spring, 2015

 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS and COMMISSIONS


General Services Administration’s Art-in-Architecture Program, US Geological Survey Building, Reston,
VA, 1996
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Amherst Station, Buffalo, NY, 1984
Washington State Arts Commission, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, 1993
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis (permanent site-specific installation), Missouri, 1995
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Falls, New York
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana
Mihama-cho Sculpture Project, Mihama-cho, Japan
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
National Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Vogel Collection)
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Menile Collection, Houston, Texas
Whitney Museum, New York