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Bob Trotman ’69: Business As Usual The sculptor's latest exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries.

Bob Trotman ’69 (right): “Making the bottom line the top priority puts enormous pressure on human values. It is a practice that has long characterized the corporate world and now, increasingly, also characterizes government policy. What becomes of those who are caught up in this system, either as perpetrators or victims?”

North Carolina-based sculptor Bob Trotman opened a new exhibition at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries on Oct. 19.

The 1969 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who majored in philosophy, works primarily in wood. On his website, he said, “I see my efforts in relation to the vernacular traditions of carved religious figures, ships’ figureheads, and the so-called ‘show figures’ found outside shops in the 19th century. However, as a contemporary artist, I want to mobilize this tradition to satirize the elaborate posturings of power, privilege and pretense that secretly, or not so secretly, shape the world we live in.”

The exhibit, “Bob Trotman: Business as Usual,” runs through Dec. 8. In February 2018, the show moves to the Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NCSU, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

If you can’t make it to either of these shows, you can see Bob’s work in the permanent collections of Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art, The Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design and The Museum of Art and Design in New York.