Rob Loebell’s exhibition Visual Relief investigates the liminal space between two and three dimensions through a series of wood relief carvings. Pushing the boundaries and limitations inherent in his chosen medium, the artist employs multiple means of manipulation. The resulting works are carved, constructed, burned, bent, and colored with paint and encaustic. Inspired by historical bas-relief carving and ancient architecture, Loebell’s source material ranges from archival imagery, photographs he’s taken while traveling, as well as family photos.
Loebell earned a BFA and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has exhibited widely at venues throughout New England, New York, and his native Philadelphia. Recently, his work was featured at the William-Scott Gallery in Provincetown, in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s exhibition Nor’Easter, and in Short Stories at the Canton Artists’ Guild Gallery on the Green, where he is a member. Loebell is also a longtime member of the New York Sculptors Guild and Silvermine Guild of Artists. He lives and works in Bloomfield, CT.