Bruce Robinson’s art reflects the layers of meaning behind his work

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Bruce Robinson with "Duet"

Bruce Robinson creates magic from a simple material – plywood.

The artist, 73, and professor emeritus at Columbus College of Art & Design, began his career as a painter but in recent years, shifted to creating sculptural wall hangings and pedestal pieces from cut-out and carved plywood.

“Can I take this hard construction material and get it to be more fluid, more supple?” Robinson said he asked himself about his work.

An exhibit of 23 of his pieces, “Bruce Robinson: Flutterby,” is on view through mid-April at the Pizzuti Collection in the Short North. The subjects of these sculptures range from athletics to music, dance, art history and civil rights. Like the material of which they are made, the pieces have layers of meaning and reference. 

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