Robert M. Loebell

April 22 – May 19, 2018

Photographs are flat representations of the three-dimensional world. They freeze a moment in time, and capture a specific place, activity, person or group. In these relief carvings, I return black and white photographs to three dimensions. These sculptures reference home and travel and the frozen moments I’ve captured moving through environments not my own. In a two step process, I begin by taking hundreds of pictures and then curating them into a story in images. These images are then returned to three dimensions in carved collages. The pieces are carved, burned and painted to suggest their sources- black and white photographs- but they are not reproductions. Through this transformation, the photographs become more abstract, and hopefully, thereby, more universal. They are softer edged, more like memories than decipherable events. The sculptures reimagine the fixity or flexibility of time by swapping the original medium for wood, and then recreating the images themselves into a new form.

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