Craig Robb

I use my art as a means to express my thoughts and opinions of the world as I see it."
“Dreams ever different, ever-varied, endless voyages, endless realms, ever strange, ever wonderful.”
– Joseph Cornell
The Day - Wood, acrylic, dried paint, LED lights 16 x 15 x 8 in.

"It was never my intention to become an artist. Having two brothers in the arts and watching their struggles, I logically opted out of the field and pursued other endeavors. Seeking a change in my life, I returned to University and happened upon a teacher who saw within me my potential and encouraged it. After much resistance, I succumbed.

My objective as an artist, on a base level, is to create an object of beauty that is pleasing to the eye yet has a depth to it that makes one think about what they are seeing. I use wood, steel and objects to create metaphorical vistas that contain messages within them that are relevant to my beliefs and viewpoints. Yet by using objects that are laden with content or symbolism, I have come to understand that not everybody sees things the same way I do. When I present these different objects, people come to my work with different histories and stories that are relevant to them and these items. I rely heavily on this in hopes that they create their own story or statement with each piece to make it relevant to them.

Within these sculptures, I include houses, chairs, and other objects that, with their inherent symbolism, develop metaphors about issues that are important to me. Many of my ideas stem from a fascination with how things are connected, both literally and figuratively. The combination of wood and curved steel are utilized as both compositional elements and to create spaces for these objects to reside.

I have always been interested in how objects function within a given space, how they occupy it and the relationships created with the other objects in that space. Because of the broad range of symbolism, these sculptures can speak on many different levels and to many different people."

American sculptor, Craig Robb is based in Englewood. He earned his BFA in Sculpture in 1994 at the University of Colorado, Denver.

The Curious Joy of Twilight - Wood, steel, light bulb, acrylic 18 x 12 x 6 in.
The Philosopher - Wood, steel, glass, clock part 20 x 17 x 9 in.
Pear in Time - Wood, steel, acrylic 50 x 22 x 9 in.
A Trace of What Was - Wood, steel, resin, cast iron, stone 24 x 18 x 6 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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