Centrifugal Force by Robertus van der Wege

Centrifugal Force by Robertus van der Wege

March 2 - March 28, 2018

Reception: March 24, 2018; 6 - 9pm

I am a storyteller who loves using a variety of materials to help in the storytelling process. Wood, stone, metal, and ceramic all lend varying permanence, textures, colors, and differing nuances to each story. The fact that some of these materials may be in found objects, or created as new forms, also lends to the story. When I can incorporate several materials into my work, the story becomes richer because of the differing viewpoints contributed by the differing materials.

Just as a story has a beginning, middle, and end, I enjoy having the viewer do more than simply look at my work. After their initial visual encounter (the beginning), I strive to have the viewer become more engaged with my work (the middle). It is particularly rewarding for me when that experience is shared by more than one person, such as a parent with a child, or an experience among friends. This is one of the reasons that my work is often kinetic and invites human interaction. After the shared interaction, the experience results in either a debate or consensus (the end). Either way, the viewer becomes a participant. It is for this reason that I have always sought to create sculpture that has been engaging for young and old alike.

The stories I like to tell are stories of the human condition. This has led me to see myself as an object maker whose work attempts to offer a new perspective on the environment, art, history, and religion. I love borrowing from these sources to create objects that become metaphors for today’s humanity and challenges. I believe that many of the solutions to today’s problems exist within our collective human story. As a storyteller, I would like my work to send you on a search to discover those answers.