My work explores the influence of landscape on the individual
by addressing the power of certain forms found in nature to evoke
memory, emotion and anthropomorphic physicality. Some of the works
celebrate the poetic; others question our increasingly dysfunctional
relationship to the natural world. Recurring symbols such as;
the boat, the cultivated forest and the shoe-box house reference
the struggles of the human psyche. Nature is perceived as a mirror-
not only of our own physical form, but of our relationship with
our inner selves.
A partial list of artists who have influenced my development and
continue to inspire me includes: Robert
Nash, Richard Long,
Judd(more for his furniture), Rachel
Whiteread and Louise
Rob Licht (pronounced 'light') is a native of the small town of
Trumansburg in the heart of the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New
York. His interest in art and design began at an early age under
the influence of his father who was an architect and watercolorist.His
formal training in art includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in
1984 from Maine College of Art (formerly
Portland School of Art) and the Master of Fine Arts degree from
Cornell University in 1986.
He has maintained a studio in the Ithaca area continuously since
1988. His primary medium is welded steel; he also works in wood,
cement, cast bronze and other materials as well as drawing and etching.
His sculptures range in scale from small pedestal pieces to large
outdoor works. In between creating art or teaching he has worked
in the building trades including; sign painting, house painting,
masonry, ornamental plaster, carpentry, woodworking and welding.
In 1996 he began to build saunas and more recently began to focus
almost entirely on applied design projects such as furniture, interior
design and logo development.
Licht has exhibited his sculpture and drawings throughout the Northeast
with past gallery representation in Philadelphia. He has won several
grants and awards and has been director of the
State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca. He has taught sculpture,
drawing and design at Ithaca
College, Metal Sculpture to adult education students, at the
Maine College of Art Summer program
and at Cornell. He has been a visiting artist at several colleges
and many local grade schools.
|He was a
competitive Nordic skier and distance runner during his high school
and college years and is still an active runner, biker, and Nordic
skier as well as an avid backpacker and canoeist. He is a founding
member of the Ithaca
Triathlon Club and was the assistant race director of the Cayuga
Lake Triathlon for the past several years.