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“Robert Bibler: Works On Paper” at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

“The Lens,” 2007, Robert Bibler (American, b. 1948)
(Conté crayon on blue paper, 22.5 x 30 inches, private collection. Photo: Robert Bibler)

Complete with a series of live conversations with the artist, The Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s highly anticipated exhibition of works by Robert Bibler opened on May 12. On view through July 15, 2018 “Robert Bibler: Works on Paper” showcases stirring drawings and mixed media works on paper by the American artist. Organized by collection curator Jonathan Bucci, the exhibition focuses on the works Bibler created between 1974 and 2017.

Throughout a career that spans over 40 years, the master draftsman has embraced figurative representation and symbolism in surreal, narrative works. Bibler has consolidated his fascination of cinematic storytelling, classic film, and Renaissance art to create a rich and unique body of work, a selection of which is featured in this show at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

On his website Bibler says, “I use representation to explore the relationships between the concrete and the abstract, between what can be regarded as material in a drawing or painting and what is spiritual, between the inference of past and present. A piece of paper or a canvas is a tantalizing field to explore the paradox of the spiritual and the material and to evoke – with what I hope is some degree of playfulness and mystery – the difficulty of distinguishing existence and reality from its reflection.”

Bibler (born 1948) lives in Salem, Oregon and until 2003 taught studio art and film studies at Chemeketa Community College for 30 years. He helped bring classic and contemporary films to Salem for 40 years as Coordinator of the “Wednesday Evening Film Series.”

A special highlight of “Robert Bibler: Works on Paper,” is the special guided gallery talks with the artist, which would take place at 12:30 p.m on June 5, and June 19.

The exhibition will be on view from May 12, 2018 through July 15, 2018 at The Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St, Salem, OR 97301, USA.

For details, visit http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/hallie-ford-museum-of-art/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the artworks.


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