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.

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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
 “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
Scaled, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI
 Habatat Invitational 34, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, MI

2006
Habatat Invitational 33, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Making Sense, Robert Lehman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005
SOFA, Habatat Gallery Detroit, Birmingham, Michigan
Habatat Invitational 32, Habatat Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Habatat Gallery DetroitBirmingham, Michigan

2004
SOFA, Habatat Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Habatat Invitational 31, Habatat Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

1997
Gallery 500, Elkins Parks, Pennsylvania
A Gallery, Palm Desert, California
Concepts Gallery, Carmel, California
Gallery 8, La Jolla, California

1996
Marilyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Scottsdale Cultural Center, Scottsdale, Arizona

1995
Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
American Crafts, Cleveland, Ohio
Museum of American Folk Art, New York, New York
Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle, Washington

1994
Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missourri
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
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
“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
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
“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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