Story and photographs by Richard Brody
You probably don’t know Bob Blood, but you may very well have been in the presence of his work. Bob is an artist who is best known for his abstract sculptures. If you live in Schenectady, you might have seen one of his pieces in the Rose Garden in Central Park, at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center or on the grounds of the First Unitarian Society on Wendell Avenue. In Albany, you might have glimpsed one of his pieces at the Albany Law School campus, along the sidewalk of the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception or at the Albany Jewish Community Center, where one of his first commissions, the “Burning Bush” can be seen.
A large sample of Bob’s drawings, figures and abstract pieces can be currently seen at the Promenade Gallery located at 138 Jay Street in Schenectady. Owned and operated by Embarek Mesbahi, the gallery is generally open only by appointment (518-312-1829) but it will be open to the public on the evening of Friday (September 21) for the Art Night Schenectady arts walk.
I first met Bob’s work when my wife and I bought a house just around the corner from his home. Bob’s yard functions as a local gallery; larger pieces are in the front, while smaller ones are installed along the side and in the back. The most striking work is the tallest, “Three Fates” (2002), comprised of three seemingly shrouded figures that appear to be making decisions about someone’s destiny.