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Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bob Conge: 2005 to the present

Good enough is not !

Good enough is not !

2003 was one of those turning points in life. I was freed of the need to produce work for the commercial illustration sector and from this point on I would have the luxury of working only on projects I wish to pursue for myself.  After many years of honing an array skills in painting and drawing media, I was ready to once again push off into the void. Thus my foray into three dimensional expression and lots of new stuff to learn.

Mexican Nichos

Mexican Nichos

Inspired by the 19th century Nichos of New Mexico and the roadside shrines for accident victims I saw while traveling in Greece, I began a series of shrines that explore the themes of contemporary American worship, and those core experiences of life that shape who we have become as human beings.

Boxes for Shrine series.

Boxes for Shrine series.

I hand build the boxes that house my shrines in much the same way the village carpenters built them in Mexico 200 years ago. Each box holds a collection of objects found and life experienced in an arrangement guided by some internal poetry.

"SHRINE No.14 (The Affair)"

“SHRINE No.14 (The Affair)”

Detail "SHRINE No.14"

Detail “SHRINE No.14″

Shrine "Addiction"

Shrine “Addiction”

Shrine "Addiction" detail

Shrine “Addiction” detail

Shrine

Shrine

Shrine "PRIMA VERA" detail

Shrine “PRIMA VERA” detail

Sometime in 2005 I began to also build free standing pieces that were no longer constrained by the box environment. This was the transition to small sculpture working with a 2 part epoxy clay over various armature materials. Molds are made of the original sculpts and then are cast in resin or soft vinyl editions which are hand painted as unique pieces or in small editions of 5 or less.

Brain Rider sketch and sculpt

Brain Rider sketch and sculpt

The pieces usually begin with small rough concept sketches as a jumping off point.

Brain Rider finished

Brain Rider finished

The themes of my work run the gamut from allegorical to sociopolitical.

"War"

“War”

"War" detail

“War” detail

"Sum and Son"

“Sum and Son”

"Night Gamer Misfit Robot"

“Night Gamer Misfit Robot”

"Night Gamer Misfit Robot"

“Night Gamer Misfit Robot”

"Face Of War"

“Face Of War”

In 2014 I began working in bronze and on large scale pieces in fiberglass and epoxy clay.

"Wartorn" bronze

“Wartorn” bronze

"Rasputin" bronze

“Rasputin” bronze

"Greed Shreds The Fabric Of Democracy" WIP

“Greed Shreds The Fabric Of Democracy” WIP

You can view more works at: www.bobconge.com. and www.plaseebo.net

Stop by Main Street Arts to see three of Bob Conge’s sculptures in our current exhibition, Small Works 2015. View more of his artwork at www.bobconge.com or www.plaseebo.net.

View Bob’s previous blog post: Inside the Artist’s Studio with Bob Conge: Part One

Inside The Artist’s Studio with Bob Conge: mostly before

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I grew up in a rural area of upstate New York that afforded me many years to explore the farms and woodlands surrounding our home and record my findings with pencil and paint. Later moving to the city of Rochester N Y,  I discovered a whole other world of Universities, Museums, galleries, theater, libraries, and the like.

Upon graduating from Syracuse University with an MFA in painting, I taught in the Art schools of S U and RIT for a few years, followed by a freelance illustration career that financed my personal work in painting and printmaking.

Call for entries poster illustration

Call for entries poster illustration

Brighten The Vision Poster

Brighten The Vision Poster

Editorial magazine illustration.

Editorial magazine illustration.

Print Ad illustration in the Wall St. Journal

Print Ad illustration in the Wall St. Journal

Park Avenue Festival Poster

Park Avenue Festival Poster

Promotional Poster for Plaseebo.net

Promotional Poster for Plaseebo.net

Print Ad for NPR

Print Ad for NPR

Product illustration

Product illustration

Over the years I have worked in a wide range of mediums  in both my commercial and personal work. In 2005 I closed my illustration studio in order to devote all my time to personal work. From that point on I have explored various directions in sculpture.

Home

Home

In 1995 my wife Sue and I moved to a rural area in the hills of Springwater N Y.

Main studio.

Main studio.

My main studio is located in a 19th century 2 story carriage house a few yards from the house. I am here 7 days a week often till 5 AM, as I prefer working the quiet hours.

Main studio 2nd floor

Main studio 2nd floor

Main studio 2nd floor

Main studio 2nd floor

Main studio 1st floor

Main studio 1st floor

I also have a wood shop and spray paint booth in the basement.

WOOD SHOP

In the past year and a half I have also begun working in a larger scale and now have an additional work space in the barn.

Barn sculpture work shop.

Barn sculpture work shop.

Part 2 will cover the period from 2005 to the present.

Stop by Main Street Arts to see three of Bob Conge’s sculptures in our current exhibition, Small Works 2015. View more of his artwork at www.bobconge.com.

Take a look at our previous Inside the Artist’s Studio blog post by printmaker Robert Hunter.