Born in 1945 in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio,
Robert Lobe studied art techniques at Oberlin College before
completing his formal studies at Hunter College in 1968. By
1969, Lobe's sculpture attained national recognition when his
work was prominently featured in the first of many museum
exhibitions in which it would be included: the Whitney
Museum's famed exhibit, "Anti-Illusion."

Lobe's sculptures investigate the divide between
representation and abstraction. After having chosen a specific
landscape configuration, most often incorporating rocks and
trees, he sculpts sheets of aluminum to its spatial outlines
using a repoussé technique. Translated into a uniform metallic
surface, nature's unique imprints are stripped of their color,
detail, and texture - taking on an abstract quality underscored
by explicit cropping and displacement from their original

Although it is possible to read his work as a commentary on the
relationship between the manufactured and organic, Lobe
emphasizes its constructivist influences. "I am obsessed with
the fact that these are machines...that physical objects are
machinery and that machinery doesn't have to move to be
machinery," he writes. Perceived in these terms, his sculptures
are not only haunting spectral images of nature abstracted,
they represent an extreme re-contextualization of mechanical
materials - stretching the parameters of industrial forms and

Robert Lobe has exhibited extensively in important solo-
exhibitions and group shows. His works have been included in
such major collections as the National Gallery, Washington,
D.C., the Brooklyn Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo,
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln,
Massachusetts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, and the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York. He lives and works in New
York City.