Robert Pollard’s “Junk Collector and Scrabble King”

Robert Pollard's "Junk Collector and Scrabble King"Date: Friday, May 2nd - Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 2 - 5pm, or by appointment.

Additional Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5-8pm, Sundays from 3-6pm

Robert Pollard, who is best known for his sustained, prolific songwriting and recording, was creating collages even before he was writing songs. As a child, Pollard would spend hours alone in his room assembling collages that served as album covers for bands that existed only in his head. Later, when he had spear-headed his band Guided By Voices, each release whether an LP or a 45, would showcase Pollard’s thoughtful imagery. Often satirical, political, dark and sarcastic, his collages can also be whimsical, innocent and uplifting. In 2008, Fantagraphics published a hardbound collection of Pollard’s work spanning over 130 pages.

His collages have been exhibited at Michael Imperioli’s Studio Dante in New York, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and Merge Records headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. He has also shown his work at two private galleries in New York City, including The 45 Space and The Library is on Fire Headquarters.

Robert Pollard was named one of Spin’s “Top 50 Rock & Roll Front Men of All Time”. Pollard’s collage work has been the source for most of Guided by Voices myriad releases. Novelist Rick Moody wrote of Pollard’s work, “You can see Duchamp in Pollard”s collages, as well as the influence of the painterly spaces of De Chirico and Yves Tanguy.”

Robert Pollard was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where he will always reside. His close relationships with his family and childhood pals are a staple of his daily life. His father groomed him to be a professional athlete and he was well on his way as a try-sport varsity athlete in high school. He continued successfully in sports into college.  He threw the first no-hitter in the history of Wright State University baseball. After graduating, he taught the fourth grade for over a decade while raising his own children as well. After retiring from teaching, he has focused solely on his musical and artistic career.