Gravity-defying artwork on view at Fort Worth Community Arts Center

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Gravity-defying artwork on view at Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Jeff Robinson stands next to one of his larger-than-life wood sculptures. An exhibition of his work is on view in the BNSF Railway Gallery at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, which is managed by Arts Fort Worth and is located at 1300 Gendy St. (Courtesy photo | Jeff Robinson)

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Sometimes Jeff Robinson doesn’t get to see his sculptures completely finished until installation.

The potter turned woodworker creates intricate, large-scale sculptures that range between about 5-feet to 9-feet tall.

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Each piece appears to defy gravity, balancing on a smaller pyramidal base. The scale of the artist’s work is even more impressive considering the close quarters of his studio, which is one stall in his three-car garage.

A dozen of Robinson’s large-scale sculptures are on view at the BNSF Railway Gallery inside the Fort Worth Community Arts Center through Nov. 18.

“The big ones I never really saw set up until I was done and had them somewhere. I build them on their side. … This is only the second time I’ve ever had them in one place,” he said.

If you go

What: “Jeff Robinson: Wood Sculptures” exhibition at Arts Fort Worth
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 18
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center
 1300 Gendy St.
Admission: Free

Robinson got into woodworking about 1990 and started building furniture for his home and for family members. Around 2005 or 2006, he got an idea for the piece that is now titled “Sculpture I.”

He can’t recall what inspired the idea, but he does remember sitting in the living room with his wife, absentmindedly watching TV. She asked what he was doing when she noticed him gesturing his hands in the air as he puzzled out how to make his idea a reality.

The finished sculpture looks as though it required a lot of preplanning or engineering, but Robinson said that his process is fluid.

“I don’t do any drawings or anything like that,” he said. “I just let it grow as I’m working on it.

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