Hiram College

The first Gelbke Art Gallery exhibition of the academic year will put the shapes and structures that make up objects on display.

“Composing in Space: Sculpture and Assemblage,” by Robert Buganski, will be on display from Sept. 4-Oct. 12, 2012 in the gallery of the Gelbke Fine Arts Center, with an opening reception and artist’s talk on Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Buganski is currently art department chair and an associate professor of sculpture at Mount Union College in Alliance. He began his career learning to make fine furniture, which led to a technical assistant position at Stockton College’s woodshop. His love of woodworking was further inspired by American and Japanese master furniture makers that instilled the love of craft and design as well as attention to the way  3-D objects are perceived in space.

The “Composing in Space” exhibition includes sculptures, assemblage and sketches that demonstrate the concept of the way an artist works with the profile of an object as it is translated and perceived.  His work seeks to challenge viewers to be more aware of these shapes and profiles as one moves around the pieces. The wall pieces and sketches are inspired by modeling animation programs that suggest to him “slices” you might generate by taking a CAT scan of a 3-D object. His continued love of furniture making is evidenced in the incorporation of the pedestal as a part of his sculpture. The wheel barrow handles, crochet balls, and architectural columns are ready-mades that lend humor and functionality at the same time.

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