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Bob Rotche | Disrupted

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Bob Rotche | Disrupted
All items are original, and signed by the artist(s).
Bob Rotche
Blacksburg, Virginia

Disrupted, 2016
Cherry, steel, acrylic paint
6 x 4.5 x 6 inches | 15.24 x 11.43 x 15.24 cm

"The sphere is arguably the purest of forms. The purity of this sphere is disrupted, first by texture, then by color, and finally by physical separation. It is much like the sphere we call home, where we are divided by race, religion and political ideologies. If one looks more closely at this piece, however, it becomes clear that the divisions are superficial, and at the heart of it, unity persists.

This began as a block of cherry, glued up with sacrificial plywood spacers. It was then turned into a sphere, textured, split in half and then the central spacer was removed. A hemispherical cavity was then turned into each half in order to receive a smaller sphere. The remaining plywood spacers were removed, the components were painted and then glued to the smaller sphere. A metal stand was then fabricated from sheet steel to which the sphere was mounted."

About the Artist

"The creation of art is a journey. For some makers, this journey is a straight shot down the highway to their desired destination. For others, it is a slow paddle down a meandering river with lots of detours and exploration of hidden coves. I fall into the second group, as is apparent from a viewing of my portfolio.

I’ve worked with wood in one way or another for most of my life but it was in 2010 when I started experimenting with the lathe that my passion for creating took flight. Initially enthralled by the natural beauty of wood, I focused on bowls and hollow forms. Shortly thereafter I realized the degree to which individuality could be expressed and stories told by manipulating the surface with carving, coloring, and texturing. I am also fascinated by the opportunities afforded by adding non-wood materials.

As my work evolves, I am becoming increasingly enamored with sculptural and non-traditional shapes. I am having a blast exploring this meandering, creative river and can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend."