Ithaca, United States
About Rob Licht
I am a New York Artist who does sculpture, works on paper and photographic work. My work focuses on specific forms that have strong symbolic meaning, either to me personally or to the culture at large. Through manipulation of context my work examines underlying contradictions that I find in these symbols, either via my personal experience or observations of the world around me. Often, the symbols from one distinct series merge with another in the way that the events of one's life seamlessly connect to one another. The landscape and rural culture of Upstate New York informs my work with a seductive melancholia. Underlying all of the work is an autobiographical search for personal meaning. Most recently I have been creating ephemeral interventions in the landscape and using photography to document the process. I use a broad range of processes and materials such as steel, wood, photography, cement, mold making and bronze. I let the ideas dictate the medium and maintain a broad working vocabulary so that the expression of my ideas is not limited by a narrow approach.
Education: Cornell University, Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture. Maine College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, with honors. State University of New York, College at New Paltz, B.F.A. program. Rob Licht is a native of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. He exhibits his work through out the Northeast U.S and has won several grants and awards. Recently he completed a residency at Playa, in Eastern Oregon. He has taught sculpture, design and drawing at Ithaca College. He maintains a studio in Ithaca and is currently involved in several Public Art initiatives.