Save the date for the 2018 ARTworks featuring Bob Sober!
Artist Residency: October 22–26
Gallery Opening: October 23, 5–8 pm, Walter Arts Center Holliman Gallery
Patron Workshop: October 27, 9 am
Gallery Exhibit: October 22–November 20, weekdays 8 am–4:30 pm
Emerald Wasp, Rainbow Scarab, UFO Beetle, Jewel Beetle, Frog-Legged beetle, Flower Beetle, Walking Leaf, Giraffe Weevil, Metallic Long-Horned Beetle, Rose Chafer, and Orchid Bee are names chosen to describe things that are beautiful, unusual, or exotic. So why were these name chosen to describe insects?
Bob Sober discovered the answer through a macro lens attached to his camera. Using cutting-edge technology, Bob created human-sized images of these natural wonders and presents them on a simple white background, so that they may be clearly seen as natures artwork. The purpose is to inspire our natural curiosity to explore the almost limitless beauty and diversity of nature.
Through recent exhibitions, Bob has noticed that the gap between art and science continues to shrink — his work has been appreciated in both worlds. During his time at Holland Hall, Bob will explore these connected worlds with students in both art and science spaces as well as outdoors, taking advantage of Holland Hall’s 162 acres filled with hidden subjects.
“Some will ask, is this science or is this art? I hope my images will help them recognize that science exists in all art as surely as art exists in all science. This may be that magical place where science and art overlap.” – Bob Sober
by Bob Sober
Capturing small, seemingly insignificant things has been a very consistent theme throughout my work. Whether I am recording these things using graphite, oil paint, or a camera, my passion is helping the viewer see what is most often hidden by its small size.
Unquenched curiosity and a fundamental desire to learn, provides me with a boundless supply of subject matter. With the discovery of each new subject I am confronted with the question, “why have I never seen this before?” I never expected to be confronted with this question when the subject of my curiosity was an insect. But, as with most answers, when understood, it made perfect sense. The tools required were not available till now. These images are the result of assembling 200 to 2,200 individual digital photographs.
The subject of my work for the past four years is insects, some living, but most not. My attitude is that the insect is the artwork. My role is to create a human scale image that may allow the viewer to see the patterns, textures, colors, and details that have always been present, but too small to appreciate.
I hope that my images stir a new curiosity in the viewer as they have in me. A sense of wonder about the world around them, a desire to learn more about why their bodies are made the way they are, why is does their skin have this texture, why are antennas the shape they are or why does one insect have colored scales attached to its skin and another has many colors in its skin?
I chose to print on aluminum because the result most closely represents the insects as I see them when capturing the photographs and creating the image. I want the viewer to see these beautiful creatures with all of the luminance, saturation of color, and incredible patterns as I do.
Some will ask, is this science or is this art? I hope my images will help them recognize that science exists in all art as surely as art exists in all science. This may be that magical place where science and art overlap.
For more information about becoming a Patron or the ARTworks program, please contact please contact Erin Yancy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (918) 879-4738.