In our world of Twitter, iPhones, Facebook, and other forms of social media, many people live removed from the physical world. Bob Gregson’s work counteracts this lack of intimate involvement and creates situations that constantly shift the rules and allow for new encounters.
There is a reason why Bob Gregson’s work is fun. His exhibition Space to Maneuver harnesses humor to gently draw people into the work and provide
opportunities for participation: rolling on your back, turning panels or rearranging objects, alone or with others who may be total strangers.
Space to Maneuver is at once a playful and thought-provoking exhibition that questions the relationship between the viewer and the art object. As Gregson explains, “The basic message may be that art is serious but not sacred…I also enjoy the idea that the work is never actually completed but continually reinterpreted and refreshed through those who encounter it.” His work adds a new twist to a long line of art movements that have challenged the definition of art, including Dada, Fluxus, Happenings, Conceptual art as well as Minimalism.
Bob Gregson received a BFA from Hartford Art School and an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.
He has been the artistic director for hundreds of public events, which he calls “situations”—mixing communityparticipation with large scale inflatable sculptures,scaffolding, mazes, and theatrical lighting. He has taught art classes at numerous museums and universities. He has authored and illustrated many books about art and participation and lectures widely on the subject. He is a Silvermine Guild Artist and is the creative director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday: noon–5 p.m.