ATHENS, Ga. – An exhibition of the work of Robert Lyon, titled “Natural Forces,” will run from Jan. 22 through Feb. 20 at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art Main Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Lyon’s large-scale sculptures are hand-constructed from both organic and machined materials, including clay, pigment, wood, smoke, carbon and flame. Forcibly joined by fire, he transforms and integrates these materials. The surface of the clay becomes an adobe-like skin in the firing process, mimicking the material’s natural state if it had dried in the sun. In contrast, his titles often include words like compression, elevation, rescue and wrap, which emphasize his forcible manipulation of the materials into a constructed object.
Lyon’s work addresses his concerns about the relationship of humankind to the earth as a living organism. “In my work I see man as an integral part of the earth rather than being a component distinct from it. It is not merely a question of protecting the environment; rather my intention is an understanding of man’s place within the scheme of nature,” said the artist.
Robert Lyon earned an M.F.A from Tyler School of Art in 1977. He currently holds the position of associate chair of the department of art and professor of sculpture at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He has been exhibiting his work nationally for more than 25 years.
The Main Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Building on Jackson Street and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., free of charge.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Digital images of the work in the exhibit are available by calling (706) 542-0069.