Sneak Peek: two new artist members

"Quixotic Hebrew" by Eric COGu Robinson, wood engraving, 3.9x3.9 in, 2010

WPG is pleased to welcome Eric COGu Robinson and Janet Yagoda Shagam as our newest artist members.  They are so new that their work is not yet up on our website, but check back soon for more images!  You can also ask to see some of their prints that are already in the gallery.

Eric currently lives in Iowa and received his MFA from Iowa State University.  He has had solo exhibitions throughout the mid-west, and has been represented in group shows across the nation.  He says of his work:

“I make art to understand God, humanity, scripture, our time and culture, myself, transience, eternity, and the relationship between perception and belief among other things…

…In making edition varia, I emulate what I see demonstrated in life.  From the beginning, God made us to see light and darkness and distinguish between the two; likewise I make relief prints that clarify space in fundamentally binary contrast.  The earth is an ancient, perceptibly stable place, yet its appearance changes with night and day, stormy weather and fair, seasons, and so on.  God made us in his image, yet varied: male and female.  These things illustrate that we come to understand mysteries through our experience of dualities, unions, and variations.  And this is proof of the practice’s power: I came to understand these things by so doing, so viewing, and so comparing.”

"Hidden Beauty" by Janet Yagoda Shagam, 4-color collograph, 6x5 in, 2010.

Janet comes to us from Albuquerque, NM.  Originally a PhD in Biology, Janet is continuing her printmaking endeavors through classes at the University of New Mexico, Tamarind Press, Carol Sanchez, and others.  Her work has been reviewed by ArtSlant, and is also in collections internationally, including Loyola College in Baltimore, MD;  Museo de la Estampa in Mexico City, Mexico; and University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Janet’s prints explore the ideas of both “weather” and “work.”  Some of her prints explore these ideas conceptually, while others are made by exposing a matrix directly to the weather. According to her, “Weathering, in addition to ‘the weather’ also means endurance, perseverance, surviving difficult times, and aging. Work, not always a job, describes the physical relationship between energy, and objects.” The resulting marks “celebrate the physical and emotional effects of endurance, resolve, and the impact of time.”



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