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A Pure Expression

Posted in Robin M Rogers on February 27, 2011 by robinmrogers

A pure expression can not be for personal gain.

Its inspiration should not be swayed by commerce nor function.

A pure expression transcends the worldly and touches divinity.

A little about my thought process

Posted in Robin M Rogers on February 6, 2010 by robinmrogers

Art, not unlike science, is a quest for a new, greater understanding and expression of ourselves and our universe. My own process of discovery through art, however, is not scientific. It is more akin to an esoteric or even spiritual approach to the unknown. It is not fueled by finding some kind of answers, but rather, finding new and innovative ways of asking better questions. When I feel most tuned in to my process, I experience the sensation of being a conduit rather than a creator. It is as if the ideas come through me rather than from me, as if I am only a medium giving the abstract a physical form. This act of channeling and creation brings meaning to my existence. The source is the great mystery and I believe, unknowable and therefore infinite. The same conclusion is often derived through scientific exploration, the edges of Universe always loom beyond our sight around the next bend. What is most important is the journey, because ultimately, that is all there is.

Experiential Relativity

Posted in Robin M Rogers with tags , on November 22, 2009 by robinmrogers

It is apparent to me that individuals live within their own experience. This is, in fact, what makes each person an individual. As much as one would like to communicate or reproduce one’s experience for others, it is simply not possible to fully do so. Unique experience is a result of a litany of variables including: the way sensory information is gathered, processed, stored, recalled, forgotten, and cross referenced, as well as, culture, belief system, upbringing, socio/economic status, previous experiences, genetics, and mood. All of these factors and more play an interwoven part in defining a person’s experience.

My work explores the concept of experiential relativity. The purpose is to draw attention to and sometimes exploit the discrepancy that exists from person to person. By recognizing the differences in what is being experienced, I hope to bring to light the fact that each of our experiences is quite limited and far from a comprehensive view of the whole. From this may come a lesson of tolerance. While I believe that none of us are capable of fully experiencing “the whole,” I long for those moments when I catch a glimpse of a larger understanding and everything feels lighter. This sensation, the moment of ephiany, is what I strive to evoke in my viewers.

Robin M Rogers

Posted in Robin M Rogers on November 22, 2009 by robinmrogers

Robin Rogers is a native of Central Ohio who first began working with glass in 1995. As a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design he learned the fundamentals of glassblowing and began to develop his skills. After only a few years of working with the material, Robin discovered that his passion for glass was not based in blowing traditional vessels but rather, in sculpting solid glass.  A sculptural approach with solid glass freed him from the constraint of making symmetrical objects with a single axis. The potential for creating non-vessel based sculpture became a driving force to his work.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998, Robin owned and operated a glass studio in Florence, MT. While continuing to develop his art, he taught classes, built equipment, marketed glass work, collaborated on a large public work, and started a family. In 2005, Robin returned to academia in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale afforded Robin a chance to further develop his ideas and artistic pursuit without the pressure of creating marketable wares. It was also a setting in which to hone his skills as a professional instructor.

In addition to studying glass in the college setting, Robin has taken various workshops at Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, WA), Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC), Haystack Mountain School (Deer Isle, ME),  Glass Axis (Columbus, OH), and the Pittsburgh Glass Center (Pittsburgh, PA).