Stone and Metal Sculptures
“I can’t even imagine how you do that” is the single most common response by viewers of Rob Reed’s stone sculpture. It’s possible that this is a result of the fact that these pieces don’t look much like what’s been produced in stone in the past. Rob says, “I strive for a contemporary expression in stone – lots of straight lines and fairly sharp edges, a natural direction for me since I have no interest in interpreting the human form.”
His metal work continues the same aesthetic, born of early childhood experiences and a general love of machines and machine-like forms. This interest is expressed in both free-standing and wall-based sheet metal work, and also in his “art machines” – a series of pieces that poke a bit of fun at both the dryness of “engineer-speak” and also the seriousness with which the corporate world conducts its affairs. They utilize both new and recycled parts and feature nailed-on metal tags that lend a note of authenticity that is, of course, fake!
Rob’s formal education includes a B.F.A. from Bradley University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma. He counts David Smith, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Hudson and Bruce Beasley – as well as many of the Constructivists – among his influences. Rob lives in Galesburg, Illinois with his wife Lori, a mixed-media collage artist. Their studios are in their home, so the commute to work is short!