Robly A. Glover
Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, rubber
Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 inches
Some individuals pursue the acquisition of jewelry as a dog pursues a toy and other individuals use jewelry as bait. This latest body of work literally addresses this avarice. Thoughtful dark metaphorical irony and humor are the products of this exploration. Humans have drawn from their natural surroundings to create jewelry from the earliest times. Teaching jewelry at Texas Tech University has given me the freedom to challenge the hierarchical assumptions of materials and to assign jewelry new contextual meaning. I have chosen to use mass-produced visually appealing objects readily available that present the ability to have a new meaning when placed in a new context. This contextual change transcends their original purpose and elevates them into the realm of thoughtful and beautiful objects.
Born in 1956 in Carmi, Illinois Rob Glover studied jewelry design and metalsmithing at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana were he received his BFA. He went on to pursue his graduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana earning his MFA in 1987. The Art Institute of Chicago purchased one of his tea servers for their permanent collection in 1989 and in 1993 he received a Midamerica Arts Alliance/National Endowment For The Arts regional grant. Prof. Glover has exhibited his work extensively in the United States since 1975. His work has been included in many publications including The International Design Yearbook, American Craft Magazine, and a feature article and cover of the magazine for Metalsmith, Winter 2002. His work has been collected by many major museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, the Yale Silver Collection, New Haven, Connecticut, The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois and several pieces in the Kinsey Center for Reproductive and Gender Studies Fine Art Collection, Bloomington, Indiana. He is Professor of jewelry design and metalsmithing at School of Art, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.