After a year studying painting at l’Atelier Libre in Aix-en-Provence, Bob returned to Canada to study mechanical engineering at Queen’s University. He graduated with a BFA, however. Bob completed his studies at New York University and obtained a masters degree in 1997.
Bob remained in New York for ten years, making and showing his artwork. He has been favorably reviewed by critics Roberta Smith of the New York Times and November Paynter of Art Forum.
Directly out of NYU, Bob spent six months restoring the bronze sculptures of Central Park and then a summer building sculpture in Mark Di Suvero’s Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens.
Bob continued making mostly elaborate mechanical sculptures, which he funded himself by making stop-motion animation for clients such as MTV and Disney. He also worked as a production designer on music videos for bands including the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” and “Metric.”
In 2005, Bob traded his Brooklyn studio for a storefront in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. There he worked on paintings and participated in the Istanbul Biennial, among other projects. He was featured on Turkish TV and in “34 Magazine” and “Time out Istanbul.” During this time, Bob also showed his work in Tokyo, Turino, Dubai, Barcelona, and Toronto.
In 2009 Bob moved back to Brooklyn, where he now lives and works. He continues to show his artwork around the world, as well as direct and design for TV and print. Bob has also taken on the role of consultant, with a recent talk at Adidas head office, and a six week stint in Mexico City, consulting on the build up of the FIAT 500.
Bob’s approach to art-making comes from his interest in energy, and it’s modes of transference: Energy moved in perfect conservation, or in complete chaos—as well as the sublime potentiality of stored energy, like with the charged battery cell or the can of spray paint. This pursuit has led him to explore a variety of materials and technologies that are not always consistent with traditional art making. Also, the challenge of constant relocation has required Bob to improvise, innovate and assimilate utilitarian practices and material compromises local to the environments he has chosen to work in.