Release Date: November 26, 2007
KSU art professor represents U.S. in international exhibition
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Each artist is permitted three pieces in the Florence Biennale. Robert Sherer's works are: (from top)
"Adam & Steve #2"
KENNESAW, Ga.—Robert Sherer, associate professor of art at Kennesaw State University, will represent the United States in the International Biennale of Contemporary Art Dec. 1-9 in Florence, Italy. He also participated in the 2001 Florence Biennale.
Artists for this exhibition are selected by a jury of distinguished art directors, art historians and art critics from around the world.
In the exhibition, Sherer will show three pieces from his pyrograph series which received national attention earlier this fall during a two-man exhibition at the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. Lyman-Eyer will present a solo exhibition of Sherer's pyrographs in late summer next year. In this biographical series, Sherer draws inspiration from the illustrations in the scouting manuals of the 1950s and 1960s to explore the secret rites of passage and relationships of American boyhood.
In the 2001 exhibition, Sherer showed pieces from his “Blood Works” series of pen-and-ink drawings that use blood as the medium and employ botanical images to address issues of love and loss in the post-AIDS era. “Blood Works” will be featured in a solo exhibition at Kennesaw State, Jan. 9-March 11. A documentary film and a book about the series are also in production.
Robert Sherer studied art at Walker College, Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University and Rhode Island School of Design. He also holds a master of fine arts degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. In addition to his work as an artist and educator, he has worked as an art critic, juror, lecturer and dealer. In 2002, he represented the United States in the International Triennale of Contemporary Art in Paris. He is represented by the Robert Kidd Gallery in Detroit, New Arts Gallery in Litchfield, Conn., and Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, Mass.
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