Below: Robert McGehee at Houston Community College Gallery in 2001 installing one of his pieces for the Faculty show that year. I didn't have my camera last evening so the images posted here from other sources. Some of them like this one were not in the memorial exhibit.
The majority of the work presented in Robert McGehee’s memorial exhibition at LSC-North Harris was last evening was from his latest venture into the medium of encaustics but there were paintings in acrylic, works on paper including intaglio prints and drawings and even some of his beautiful painted Porcelain pieces, as well. All the work, however, was very much in keeping with the themes he talked about in his statement below.
“My current work deals with the symbiotic relationship between cellular (physical) life and spiritual existence. Cellular life consists of health, disease, pain, passion, age, life cycles, regeneration, body fluids, blood, and death. Spiritual essence could include love, hate, suffering, joy, and determination. The co-mingling of these two states of being is of great interest in my work. I am currently working on some imagery concerned with the precise moment physical life and spirit both combine and separate. This line of work began within the body and centered upon the internal physical world. Most of the early work centered on blood and disease. I then moved into a cellular exploration and have now evolved into exploring the melding and separation of the physical (cellular) and the spiritual. I would like to develop a show that filled the gallery with cellular and spiritual imagery and that would evoke a feeling of life and regeneration.”
The large painting leaning against the wall to the left is also Robert's work.
These two images are taken from archives of the Houston Community College SW Art Gallery Site.
The memorial exhibition will travel to LSC-CyFair campus later in the month for a short run so there is opportunity for you to still see his work if you can’t make it to Houston before the closing at North Harris on Sept. 18th. It is worth your time.
Below are more images of Robert's work.