Hiram College


Composition #12  Wood, Card and Color Marker 24″ h by 18″ w

September 4 – October 12, 2012

Opening Reception:  Friday September 7, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Gallery Talk: 6:00 PM

Robert Buganski is currently Art Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.  His record includes numerous show over ten states that include solo, group, and travelling exhibitions. He received his BA from Stockton State College in New Jersey, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI.

He began his career learning to make fine furniture. This led to a technical assistant position at Stockton College’s woodshop in the sculpture department where faculty encouraged him to take classes and get his degree. 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.

This exhibition, Composing in Space, 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 kinetically.  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.