All is One: Rob Gigliotti fills in the gaps
At first glance, it seems like there’s something missing from each of the little bronze sculptures perched on a series of stepped shelves in one corner of Waxlander. A startled double take confirms it: “Rower” has oars but lacks a boat, “Cyclist” brought along wheels and handlebars but no frame, and the little nude acrobat in “Four Noble Truths” seems to have misplaced the laws of physics.
The sculptural world of Rob Gigliotti
looks fantastical, and in fact many of his creations are based on myths and mystical spiritual traditions. Rob’s message doesn’t have anything to do with the surreal, though. He’s here to bring our world—and the truths he’s discovered in his time here—into clearer focus.
“I attempt to challenge the viewer’s paradigms about our relationships to each other, to our environment, to the universe,” says Rob. In his studies of nondual spiritual practices, he’s internalized an “All is One” ethos that translates into his art in fascinating ways.
“It occurred to me… that the separation between subject and object is an illusion,” he says. He calls some of his pieces “transpersonal” art, or work that is meant to break down the barriers between an individual identity and a more universal conception of self. “Purely representational art can expand one’s consciousness… if it captures a a timeless moment. I believe that any art that disarms you, makes you smile, or makes you think, is successful.”
Rob’s work accomplishes all of those things in subsequent waves. The epiphany comes at the end: the rower, the cyclist and the balancing harlequin aren’t missing anything. The boat, the bike and the pull of gravity all exist within and without us—or so says the remarkable Rob Gigliotti.
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