New York

Robert Lobe

Willard Gallery

Giving form to process has been one of the central problems of sculpture since at least the late ’60s. Robert Lobe’s work of the past few years, aluminum sheets hammered around preexistent things like trees and large rocks to assume their shape and volume, deftly solves it. Ironically, Lobe was one of the young New York–based artists (mostly sculptors) to participate in the landmark 1969 exhibition “Anti-Illusion: Procedure/Materials,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a show which in effect institutionalized process work. Lobe’s pieces in that show were constructivist-oriented floor objects which played sinuously tangled cord off diagonals of interconnected wood strips. Visits to Ireland during the ’70s seem to have impressed on him the sculptural potential of natural as opposed to imaginary forms, and he has been fashioning these hollow metal things ever since.

The show brought

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