Rob Snyder

"Making art is a direct reflection of my journey through life. My approach is centered on letting go of preconceived notions of both process and outcome. This requires a quiet yet playful frame of mind, allowing me to create without questioning direction. It is a slow unveiling of form out of chaos and spaciousness—allowing enough stillness in mind, and then saying yes to what appears." -Rob Snyder
 
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RED BAMBOO NEST
96 x 96 x 11 in
Rob  Snyder DROPPER
DROPPER
69 x 24 x 24 in
Rob  Snyder SCIENCE
SCIENCE
73 x 30 x 30 in
Rob  Snyder SYRUP
SYRUP
56 x 35 x 19 in
Rob  Snyder WINE
WINE
76 x 25 x 25 in

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Rob  Snyder

Rob Snyder

Rob Snyder Statement

Approach Making art is a direct reflection of my journey through life. My approach is centered in letting go of preconceived notions of both process and outcome. This requires a quiet yet playful frame of mind, allowing me to create without questioning direction. It is a slow unveiling of form out of chaos and spaciousness—allowing enough stillness in mind, and then saying yes to what appears. The Sufi poet, Rumi, eloquently speaks of this as being played like a hollow reed. This approach is supported by the beauty and solitude I experience living on Vashon Island. In a paradise of woods, gardens, streams, and sea—a place far removed from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life—I find the quiet pulse of life revealing herself. Concepts and Medium Conceptually my art weaves stories relating to essence and matter, chaos and form, fragility of nature, and the developing human spirit. I see everything as a dance of life; everything in constant motion, transforming and evolving in a universal flow of upward movement. This is seen in both the natural world, and in human consciousness. Patterns in life will always collapse if they are not supported by an upward movement. Nature does this so eloquently; we as humans, a bit more clumsily. But nevertheless, we are constantly moving and evolving, manifesting from the unknown—bringing forth form out of the formless. Currently, I am focused on a kiln glass casting process that allows me to create final art pieces from multiple small-scale castings. These "constellations" have an installation quality and scale; they explore ideas around chaos and form, and focus on humans’ relationship to nature. I stack small glass pieces molded from tree branches; the piles depict the upward and transformative universal movement— creating intentional and precarious forms. Glass is the perfect vehicle and medium. It is able to express the emergent forms in their complete and vulnerable essence; solid and translucent, resilient and fragile. Our Times As a planetary community we are becoming increasingly aware of our natural world, our human potential, and the inseparable connection between the two. I believe we are moving toward a new way of experiencing reality; a reality giving weight to expanded ecological and transpersonal awareness, leading to new paradigms of expression. My art is an illumination and expression of this new reality, and so is the vision of Steppingstone. The vision of Steppingstone emerges from this universal flow of upward movement and inevitable transformation. It is about creating a vibrant and supportive crucible for great art—an intimate environment inspired by intentional space, personal and transpersonal inquiry, community, nature, and new paradigms of planetary potential.

Rob Snyder Resumé

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Born: April 13, 1957 Portland, Oregon, USA

EDUCATION
1989-1991 Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington
1987 Seattle Central College Seattle, Washington
1980 Museum Art School Portland, Oregon

MUSEUM SHOWS
2010 Hunter Museum “Transformation”, Chattanooga, TN
2007 Midland Museum, Midland, Michigan
2007 Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington

SOLO SHOWS
2010 “Birds Sticks and Flowers”, Blue Herron, Vashon WA
2008 “Juxtaposition: Nature and Nature”, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Rivers, Pools, Piles and More Convenient Truths,Habatat Gallery Chicago,Chicago,IL
2006 Convenient Truths: Formally Titled Aesthetics of Chaos, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA
1994 Yard Art, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1990 Broken Voices on Green, King County Arts Commission, Seattle, WA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 “Speak for the Trees”, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010 “Transformation 6", Western Washington, University
2009 “Speak for the Trees”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2008 “What does Compassion look like?”,Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2007 Scaled, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2007 Habatat Invitational 34, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2006 Habatat Invitational 33, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2006 Making Sense, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2005 SOFA, Habatat Gallery Detroit, Birmingham, Michigan
2005 Habatat Invitational 32, Habatat Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2005 Habatat Gallery DetroitBirmingham, Michigan
2004 SOFA, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2004 Habatat Invitational 31, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
1997 Gallery 500, Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania
1997 A Gallery, Palm Desert, California
1997 Concepts Gallery, Carmel, California
1997 Gallery 8, La Jolla, California
1996 Marilyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
1996 Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
1996 Scottsdale Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona
1995 Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
1995 American Crafts, Cleveland, Ohio
1995 Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York
1995 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1994 Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1994 Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missourri
1994 Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1987 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, Washington
1986 Pratt Fine Arts Center , Seattle, Washington
1985 Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1984 Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1984 Pilchuck Glass School Auction, Seattle, Washington

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
2010 “Tower” Seven Bridges Foundation Marcato Tacoma, Washington Kaiser-Permanente Baltimore, Maryland

COMMISSIONS/PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
2007 “Tower” , Bob and Sandy Kolitz, San Antonio Texas
2007 “Constellation”, Dick and Christina Heidrich, Birmingham, Michigan
2006 “Circle Constellation”, William and Angela Kennedy Sammamish, Washington
2005 “Thought Constellation”, David and Heidi Fausenfest, Detroit, Michigan
2004 “Wave”, Jinny Curatolo, Algonac, Michigan
2000 “Hope”, Compass Center, Seattle, Washington
1983 “Gateway”, Gail Davis, Portland, Oregon
1977 “Fence”, Boyce Lundstrom, Portland , Oregon

PUBLICATIONS
2010 Speak For The Trees, Marquand Books, pp 90 and 91
2010 Glass Quarterly spring issue, “tree keepers” by Geoff Isles review of exhibition “Speak For The Trees” pp 14
2007 “Nest”, New Glass Review 28, pp 48, The Corning Museum of Glass
2006 The 34th Annual Habatat International Glass Invitational, pp79
2006 “Science, Nature Captured in Glass at Gallery”, September 21, 2006, pp D3, by Dave Davison, Tacoma Weekly
2005 The 33rd Annual Habatat International Invitational, pp 73
2000 “The Compass Center”, July 14, 200, by Mark Hinshaw, The Seattle Times
1996 “Cheap, Cheap, (not!)”, April 23, 1996, pp F1, by Sherry Stripling, The Seattle Times
1993 “Fair Fans Find a lot to Like”, July 23, 1993, pp1, by Liz Enbysk, Journal America
1982 Glass Studio #24, Cover Photo

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