Classic Hollywood meets the Renaissance in Rob Bibler’s Works on Paper

Robert Bibler (American, b. 1948), “The Submersion (The Myth of the Cave #2; after Michelangelo),” 1997, watercolor, Conté crayon, and oil on prepared paper, 60 x 42 inches, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Robert Bibler

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is pleased to present “Robert Bibler: Works on Paper,” opening May 12 and continuing through July 15 in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center. The exhibition has been organized by Collection Curator Jonathan Bucci, and features drawings and mixed media works on paper created by Salem, Oregon, artist Robert Bibler between 1974 and 2017.

Robert Bibler, 2013. Photo by William Bragg.

For more than 40 years, Bibler has combined a fascination with cinematic storytelling, classic film, and Renaissance art to create a beautifully rendered and thoughtful body of work. A master draftsman, Bibler embraces figurative representation and symbolism in surreal, narrative works that distort space and time.

Bibler says, “I use representation to explore the relationships between the concrete and the abstract, between what can be regarded as material in a drawing or painting and what is spiritual, between the inference of past and present. A piece of paper or a canvas is a tantalizing field to explore the paradox of the spiritual and the material, and to evoke––with what I hope is some degree of playfulness and mystery––the difficulty of distinguishing existence and reality from its reflection.

Robert Bibler (American, b. 1948), “The Lens,” 2007, Conté crayon on blue paper, 22.5 x 30 inches, private collection. Photo: Robert Bibler

Bibler taught studio art and film studies at Chemeketa Community College for 30 years, retiring in 2003. He also helped bring classic and contemporary films to Salem for 40 years as Coordinator of the “Wednesday Evening Film Series.” Bibler has exhibited extensively in the Pacific Northwest and his work is included in public and private collections throughout the region, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. He earned his BFA degree from the University of Washington and his MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Museum visitors are invited to join the artist for complementary guided gallery talks at 12:30 p.m on Tuesday May 15, June 5, and June 19.

This exhibition has been supported in part by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

For more, visit the exhibition website.

About the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University

Oregon’s third largest art museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Frequently changing exhibitions include lectures, special events, tours, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities for children and adults.

The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for students 18 and older. Students 17 and under and children are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or Visit the Website Here.


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