Bob Trotman: Business As Usual

Working mostly in wood, Bob Trotman sees his efforts in relation to the vernacular traditions of carved religious figures, ships’ figureheads, and the so-called “show figures” found outside shops in the nineteenth century. However, as a contemporary artist, he wants to create installations that suggest an absurdist office-like arena in which we can see, more nakedly than usual, the elaborate posturings of power, privilege, and pretense  that secretly, or not so secretly, shape the world we live in.  His point of view is both sympathetic and critical: those with power have much to answer for. If there were such a thing as corporate purgatory, this is what it might look like.

Bob Trotman was born in 1947 in Winston-Salem, NC, received a B.A. in philosophy from Washington and Lee University, and for 40 years has maintained a studio in western North Carolina. He has received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and four fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council. His work is in the permanent collections of The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian Instittuion), The Columbia Museum of Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, The Mint Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Art Museum and The Museum of Art and Design in New York, among others.

To learn more about Bob Trotman, please visit www.bobtrotman.com

Producer and Director: Justin Nathanson
Executive Producers: Mark Sloan and Karen Ann Myers

This video was produced to accompany the exhibition
Bob Trotman: Business As Usual
On view January 31 – March 8, 2014
Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts

Special thanks to Jane Trotman, David Caldwell, Bart Trotman, Colin J. Johnson, Elizabeth Willingham, Paige Kline, Katie Nocella, Jordan Fowler, Tommy Fox, Caitlin Murphy, Lizz Biswell, Andrew Steever, Emily Rigsby, Tatjana Beylotte, and Maggie David.


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