Tory Folliard Gallery

Out of the Forest, Into the Furnace - Bernard J. Roberts Bronze & Wood Sculpture

THE GALLERY at Vanguard Sculpture Services Ltd
3374 W Hopkins St
Milwaukee, WI 53216
July 27 - October 12, 2012
Reception Friday, July 27, 2012 5PM
THE GALLERY at Vanguard Sculpture Services is pleased to present "Out of the Forest, Into the Furnace- Bernard J. Roberts Bronze & Wood Sculpture". Sculptor, teacher, naturalist, restorer of prairies, Roberts created sculpture inspired by forms he encountered in his lifelong stewardship of native Wisconsin prairies and forests. Over his lifetime, he planted and harvested trees to build his home and studio. From root to canopy, he used the entire tree. With a deep respect for the material, he imposed his form language on the wood and at other times, he let the natural form speak to him, leaving much of the original character. Later in his career, he used his mature carvings to produce a series of sensual bronze sculptures. This retrospective exhibition spans four decades and includes work in bronze, wood and ceramic.