Worcester

Robert Rohm

Worcester Art Museum

Objects, things—Robert Rohm has equated them with sculpture-making for much of his career. In his most recent show, finely crafted and carpentered ensembles of wood, conduit, rope and lead echo a vocabulary of forms and materials refined over the past decade. Rohm considers his objects as primary things—not in the sense of minimal reductions but as hermetic, solid units, entities in themselves.

Every move made—binding with rope, bolting and fastening, choosing heavy, massive materials and using large-scale volumes and voids—lends these works an assertiveness that dominates any other approach we might consider. Rohm is very much in control of his process here—the material does what he wants it to do, with a seeming ease in the finished state. Thus, stout shafts of timber flow around seemingly thin-walled metal pipe, extended lengths of corrugated, large-diameter tubing rest gently on lath

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