For the last ten years, Bob Trotman has titled his exhibitions Business as Usual – a catch phrase that reflects the implacable force of profit-making which lies at the heart of corporate culture and much government policy. Whether with enthusiasm or reluctance, Trotman’s anonymous figures seem to be operating in a darkly familiar system that favors power, privilege, and greed, above all else. Through his work, the artist reflects onto us problems he perceives in our society, yet his sculptures are not direct representations of specific current events. Further, his characters, though familiar, are not based on real people. The artist’s interests are wider than politics or simply today’s news headlines, and the excesses his works emphasize are certainly not new. Trotman’s works, finely crafted, primarily of wood, but at times utilizing sound, light, movement, resin, clay, and more, represent everything the artist has been resisting for the last forty or so years in pursuit of a focused life in rural North Carolina.
Statewide Arts Celebration Events
In all corners of our state, North Carolinians engage in a wide variety of arts experiences – from performances in big concert halls to artist residencies in schools. During our anniversary season, we are shining a spotlight on these creative moments. Events and programs in all 100 counties have been dedicated to the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th. This is our Statewide Arts Celebration.