Bob Conge: 2005 to the present

Bob Conge: 2005 to the present

Good enough is not !
Good enough is not !

2003 was one of those turning points in life. I was freed of the need to produce work for the commercial illustration sector and from this point on I would have the luxury of working only on projects I wish to pursue for myself.  After many years of honing an array skills in painting and drawing media, I was ready to once again push off into the void. Thus my foray into three dimensional expression and lots of new stuff to learn.

Mexican Nichos
Mexican Nichos

Inspired by the 19th century Nichos of New Mexico and the roadside shrines for accident victims I saw while traveling in Greece, I began a series of shrines that explore the themes of contemporary American worship, and those core experiences of life that shape who we have become as human beings.

Boxes for Shrine series.
Boxes for Shrine series.

I hand build the boxes that house my shrines in much the same way the village carpenters built them in Mexico 200 years ago. Each box holds a collection of objects found and life experienced in an arrangement guided by some internal poetry.

"SHRINE No.14 (The Affair)"
“SHRINE No.14 (The Affair)”
Detail "SHRINE No.14"
Detail “SHRINE No.14”
Shrine "Addiction"
Shrine “Addiction”
Shrine "Addiction" detail
Shrine “Addiction” detail
Shrine
Shrine
Shrine "PRIMA VERA" detail
Shrine “PRIMA VERA” detail

Sometime in 2005 I began to also build free standing pieces that were no longer constrained by the box environment. This was the transition to small sculpture working with a 2 part epoxy clay over various armature materials. Molds are made of the original sculpts and then are cast in resin or soft vinyl editions which are hand painted as unique pieces or in small editions of 5 or less.

Brain Rider sketch and sculpt
Brain Rider sketch and sculpt

The pieces usually begin with small rough concept sketches as a jumping off point.

Brain Rider finished
Brain Rider finished

The themes of my work run the gamut from allegorical to sociopolitical.

"War"
“War”
"War" detail
“War” detail
"Sum and Son"
“Sum and Son”
"Night Gamer Misfit Robot"
“Night Gamer Misfit Robot”
"Night Gamer Misfit Robot"
“Night Gamer Misfit Robot”
"Face Of War"
“Face Of War”

In 2014 I began working in bronze and on large scale pieces in fiberglass and epoxy clay.

"Wartorn" bronze
“Wartorn” bronze
"Rasputin" bronze
“Rasputin” bronze
"Greed Shreds The Fabric Of Democracy" WIP
“Greed Shreds The Fabric Of Democracy” WIP

Stop by Main Street Arts to see three of Bob Conge’s sculptures in our current exhibition, Small Works 2015. View more of his artwork at www.bobconge.com

View Bob’s previous blog post: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Bob Conge: Part One

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