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Exhibitions



Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the cooperation of The FJ Kluth
Gallery and The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee presents

3rd Annual Robert E. Wood Legacy Project Art Exhibition
-Drawings, Paintings, Prints by Robert E. Wood.  (July 20, 1943-February 4,2012)
-Work will be for sale with proceeds going into a Robert E. Wood Legacy
Fund.  The purpose will be to construct a cultural art center, in Kent,
that houses a Robert E. Wood Gallery in the future.

Saturday, February 23, 2019. 7-10pm. Opening Reception
-Food, Beverages, Music!
-Exhibit Runs through March 27, 2019
-North Water Street Gallery & FJ Kluth Gallery. 300 N. Water St. Kent

CONTACT: 330-673-4970 or 330-677-7320

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment.

“The advantage of being a folk hero is that you get to speak from the
grave” -FJ Kluth.

THE ROBERT E. WOOD LEGACY COMMITTEE


The Robert E. Wood Legacy Committee is proud to present a wide array of
artistic works by the late Robert E. (Bob) Wood. The Robert E. Wood
Legacy Committee was formed to commemorate the uniqueness which was
Robert E. Wood. Not only was Robert deeply entrenched in Kent culture,
but his art and philosophies struck a chord with many of the city's
residents. On the evening of February 23, 2019, we invite you to join us
at 300 North Water Street, Kent to share in the "Struggle and Risk" that
Robert experienced.

Come prepared to share your stories of Robert and perhaps take home a
piece of his history.


ROBERT E. WOOD EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION

Excerpted from an article written by Elaine Hullihen - September 1, 2011

The show is a retrospective of works by Kent artist Robert Wood.

Wood lived in Kent since the 1960s and had been active in the art scene
since he stepped foot on this black squirrel soil.

If you ever went to an art event, lecture or performance, while he was
alive, it's likely saw him examining the work or asking in-depth
questions of his fellow practitioners.

He could be found on most Saturdays at the Haymaker Farmers Market
manning a table covered with binders upon binders of his own art for
sale — at a reasonable price.

If, instead, you were a late-night bar enthusiast, perhaps you saw him
working, bent over a darkened table in the corner of your favorite
watering hole, glancing up periodically to memorize another part of the
scene before bending down to record his findings.

What most people don't know, however, is the full breadth of his
lifetime of diligent study in the theory and production of art.

Wood moved to Kent from his hometown of Struthers, OH, and earned his
bachelor's degree in studio art in 1968. That was followed by a master's
degree in painting in 1973 from KSU.

Over the years, he won numerous awards in juried regional exhibitions in
Akron and Youngstown. In 2003 he received an Ohio Arts Council
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant. He was also recognized in The 2nd
Annual May Show at Lakeland Juried Art Exhibition for a digital print.

Recognition aside, Wood was more interested in the cultural critique and
philosophical ideas in his art than anything else. After a brief stint
in the 1970s working "menial" jobs, he firmly decided to be a full-time
artist and dedicate his life to these endlessly interesting topics.

When asked about this decision in 2011, 6 months before his passing, he
said "It's such a major concern it's hard to answer. Art is all I really
wanted to do. I never wanted a real job anyway — and still don't."

The human figure has been central to Wood's artwork for many years. From
paint to watercolor to marker, Wood was always interested in drawing
from the model and has, it seems, thousands upon thousands of 8
1/2-inch-by-11-inch drawings in his collection. They are "more than just
studies to me," Wood said.

In one work, done in the 1980s, Wood used markers to boldly hash out two
figures that are both glaring and keen. The figure on the left peers at
you over a full hand of cards while the figure on the right is cutting
off his own head with a handsaw.

In the 1990s, Wood found a new art-making medium — the Xerox machine. In
the old days of the 1990s, Xerox machines printed in black and one other
color. That color varied depending on the machine. The Riddle, the sole
piece in the show that was made using this method, was printed on up to
15 times.

With the Xerox machine Wood used the same process an artist would use to
make a traditional print. "The artwork is built up one layer, one image,
one color at a time," he said.

Since each machine had only one color, Wood traveled from machine to
machine searching for new colors to print over his work. Oftentimes he
found himself meandering back and forth between Kinko's (now ) and to
slowly build these pieces.

Wood was also interested in how these machines could corrupt his images.
Sometimes a machine would be "out of order" and Wood just took the sign
off to see what kind of partial, striated or faint image he would get.

The prints made this way are now limited edition because that type of
machine is no longer carried by either copy place.

Wood then began to use computer files to experiment with image
corruption. These large computer prints are sometimes striated and look
like some sort of file error. The original image is still visible, but
through a type of screwed-up technological lens.

Other times the computer prints are a collage of symbols and images that
are layered upon each other, transparent, fleeting and seemingly chaotic.

Not wanting to give away all of his secrets, Wood divulged that the way
he creates these works is dependent upon the file extension. Exactly
what he did or which programs he used, however, will remain a mystery.

Wood approached technology, which many see as a pinnacle of our modern
life, like a child with fingerpaints: smearing codes, disorganizing
visual order, and compressing data to discover new ways to communicate.

The exhibit will be up through March 27, 2019.

LINKS TO ARTICLES:

OBITUARY LINK:
http://patch.com/ohio/kent/kent-bids-farewell-to-tragic-hero-who-overcame-labels

https://ksuasne.org/2013/07/30/soul-splitter-the-artist-robert-e-wood/

 


 

 



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