Robly A. Glover
Seven Goblets for Ga Ga
Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, silicone rubber, rubber
Dimensions: 9" x 24" x 24"
From the earliest times humans have collected objects for adornment and function using shells, bone and other readily available objects. My current explorations are but a contemporary continuation of that practice. For my functional vessels and jewelry I have chosen to use objects that are readily available in our society as my materials. When placed in multiples, they transcend their original purpose and are elevated into the realm of thoughtful and beautiful objects. The massing of single units to create my forms has been an exploration in formal and conceptual practice that leads to a plethora of possibilities and a grandiose celebration of visual absurdity.
Born in 1956 in Carmi, Illinois Rob Glover studied jewelry design and metalsmithing at Indiana State University in Terre Haute where he received his BFA. He went on to pursue his graduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington 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 major museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, the Yale silver Collection, The Chicago Art Institute and several pieces in the Kinsey Center for Reproductive and Gender Studies Fine Art Collection, Bloomington, Indiana. He is head of a new facility for jewelry design and metalsmithing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.