October 15 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 5:00 pm
Sculptures by Patrick Luber
October 15 – November 13, 2020
This Fall we host University of North Dakota sculpture professor, Patrick Luber. His impeccable installation and sculptural work is sophisticated, thought provoking, and distinctive. When you visit the gallery be prepared to consider the variety of themes Luber is addressing while admiring the artist’s mastery over his materials.
Over the span of Patrick Luber’s career he has explored the serious and humorous intersection of religion, national identity, popular culture, and folk art as they relate to American culture. His sculptures are unified by his use of referential objects as sculptural form, especially familiar objects, such as beds, books, architectural forms, or liturgical objects. Through the manipulation and combination of these ordinary objects, a visual language emerges which expresses the idiosyncratic experiment called America.
“Threshold: the place or point of entering or beginning. Although I have worked in many different mediums and artistic modes over the years, the two things that have remained constant have been my interest in relief sculpture and various aspects of religion, especially the practice of prayer. Both relief sculpture
and prayer are thresholds.
Formally, relief sculpture’s placement on a wall locates it within the context and threshold of architecture—and draws attention to the images and objects we deem important enough, or worthy enough to be displayed. As we shape our environment with images and objects, these things, in turn, shape us. Prayer can be thought of as a threshold too, an entry point to spiritual realms. Prayer literally intersects all aspects of culture, from health care to politics and science. As such, prayer becomes an expressive entry point for visual exploration of our idiosyncratic culture.
What seems to collectively unite our culture is popular culture, and I employ various tropes to unite my interest in relief sculpture and prayer. Drawing upon popular culture, religious material culture, national identity, and vernacular art, I work to continue and expand upon the timeless relationship between art, religion, and spirituality.
More broadly speaking, a work of art is a threshold—a beginning point for both the maker and the viewer to enter other visions, ideas, and emotions. As a fellow teacher and artist once expressed, as we begin the journey into a world of artistic expression “we find our souls immigrating to another world and we have to leave our belongings behind.”
~ July 20, 2020
Raised on a farm near Pocahontas, IL, Patrick Luber received a BA degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL, and MA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the University of New Mexico. Luber’s work has been exhibited in over 40 solo and 140 group exhibitions on the regional, national, and international levels and is included in the permanent collections of various museums and art centers. His work has received numerous awards and in 2016 Luber served as an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce III Center for Art & Religion in Washington DC. In addition to his artwork, Luber has presented lectures on the intersection of art, religion, and American culture at regional and national conferences. He currently teaches sculpture at the University of North Dakota.
Additional information can be found at www.patrickluber.com.
Please watch The Arts Center news emails and Facebook for an opportunity to hear Patrick Luber discussing the exhibition and his artwork.