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Chesterfield Arts
St. Louis
Grand Center
U. City

Fractured Form

Fractured Form

Artist: Rob Lorenson, American, b. 1969
Title: Fractured Form, 1999
Media: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 11'6" h., 11' w., 4'6" d.
Owner: Southwestern Illinois College Foundation

About the Work
Cut apart and reassembled, Fractured Form is both a powerful geometric stainless steel sculpture and an object of poetic transformation. Even on an overcast day, the steely flat surfaces become light dances. Still but ever changing, light is captured by the swirling burnished surfaces.

A master technician, sculptor Rob Lorenson uses a variety of casting and fabrication techniques requiring extensive equipment and highly developed skills. The materials he chooses to work with range from steel and stainless steel to bronze and aluminum. Lorenson developed his knowledge of materials and techniques during the years he served as a fabrication apprentice as an undergraduate. These experiences stimulated his primary artistic interest—the creation and fabrication of cast metal sculpture for outdoor environments.

His career includes faculty appointments at a variety of institutions—Harper College, the University of Northern Illinois University at DeKalb where he completed his graduate degree, Loyola, and Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Among awards and honors he has received is the Logan Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago (which he received twice), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Cassandra Foundation Fellowship. He has served on the National Arts Council, the American Academy in Rome, and the National Board of Directors of the Smithsonian Institute. Lorenson’s work is a part of both public and private collections in the Midwest. His work has been shown in outdoor sculpture exhibits throughout the United States including Chicago’s Navy Pier Exhibit in 1996, ’97, ’98, and ’99 where Fractured Form was exhibited. After the Pier walk closed that year, Fractured Form was on loan to Southwestern Illinois College until the Southwestern Illinois College Foundation purchased it with a gift from Ms. Carol Bartle in 2002.