Montclair Art Museum
Excerpt from The New York Times:
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Into, and Out of, the Woods, Margo Nash, April 27, 2003
The New York Times, (NY Region: New Jersey)
For decades, Robert Lobe has headed into the woods with unusual cargo: flat sheets of aluminum that he uses to capture the shape of trees and rocks and rework them in his studios in Jersey City and Branchville.
Mr. Lobe, whose pieces are in the collections of the Newark Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery in Washington, has a new installation, "Four Trees," on the grounds of the Montclair Art Museum through the fall.
Three of the four "trees" were modeled after trees on Harmony Ridge in Branchville.
Were they spruce, oak or maple trees? That is of little consequence to Mr. Lobe, 57. What catches his eye, he said, is the way a tree grows, entwines around a rock or stands out against the landscape.
"They are allegorical," he said. "But they are not totemic. I dont pray to them."