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Works by Fry, von Raabe Featured in Ross Art Museum's 'Side by Side' Show

February 25, 2004

[ Ross Art Museum Gallery Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The two- and three-dimensional artwork of two regional artists will be featured in an exhibition at Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum through April 9.

Side by Side: The Art of Robert Fry and Philip von Raabe includes the recent mixed-media monoprints of von Raabe along with a folio of eight multi-colored intaglio prints with text in German and English translations illustrating Gustav Mahler's song cycle Das Lied Von Der Erde. Von Raabe is an artist and associate professor of art at The Ohio State University living in Columbus. His work will be shown along with several large-scale sculptural works of Robert Fry.

Von Raabe quotes painter and printmaker Chuck Close in saying "style is often embedded in process and not connected in iconography. A signature style is about how it happened, not what is made. I think of myself as an orchestrator of experience. I make experiences for people to look at."

Fry is a self-employed artist from the Cincinnati area who works on figurative and non figurative sculpture in wood, aluminum, clay, plaster, bronze and stone, with most of his work being large scale and exhibited on the floor rather than on a pedestal.

"Robert Fry is an expert craftsman who composes these various elements to produce elegant new forms," says OWU assistant professor of fine arts Jon Quick.

"I combine organic materials such as wood, stone and natural fiber ropes with man-made materials such as paint, wire, and metal, exploring the differences and similarities," says Fry, who also explains that he uses wood salvaged from storm-damaged or diseased trees as well as other recycled objects. One of his sculptural creations in the OWU exhibition was actually made from the wood of a white oak tree that Fry cut down in the Delaware area, took back to his studio, and has now brought back for the show.

"It is interesting to put together a show of this type in terms of two completely different approaches to art making," says OWU professor of fine arts and director of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Justin Kronewetter. "We are committed to an exhibition program featuring the work of highly accomplished professional artists, and Robert Fry and Philip von Raabe are two artists whose works we are pleased to display in the galleries of the museum."

A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the museum. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Saturday and will also be closed during Ohio Wesleyan's spring break from March 6 through 15. For more information, contact the Ross Art Museum at 740-368-3606 or ramuseum@owu.edu.