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Bob Kephart

Bob Kephart

Bob began creating sculpture using motors and electronics during his undergraduate studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB Canada. His artwork during this period was rough, loud, and cynical - much like the sculpture of Jean Tinguely. He later received a MFA in the Art and Technology Department from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While in Chicago, his sculpture matured and grew in complexity while adhering to the formal and conceptual qualities of his
earlier works.

Bob moved to Massachusetts in 2003 and currently lives in Cambridge where he has a studio. He works at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority as the Digital Media Manager.

Artist Statement: 

I grew up in a household where classical music was taught and performed. The influence of this music had a deep impact on my creativity. My sculpture parallels music in many ways.

Like classical music, my sculptures are related to mathematics. The formal qualities of the pieces are based on geometry. Conceptually, my work is often influenced by chaos theory.

My sculptures are meditative objects. They perform hypnotic events that can be subtle or overwhelming. The scuptures challenge a viewer's sense of perception through motion and sound.

The contradiction of form and functionality is an idea often expressed in my work. It is a subversion of common machinery into art. My sculptures are critical, yet playful.

My sulptures address the perception of time. References to memory, nostalgia, and rhythmic theory are created through the combination of motion, sound, and form.

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