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Robert Metzger

Artist's Statement  ::
Technological advances in the production of the photographic image and its manipulation reinforce our expectations of an existence where our sentimental significance is embodied in mediated reality. Landscapes occupy integral and ubiquitous spaces within traditional and contemporary photography, due to the medium’s undeniable ability to mesmerize in analogical perfection a simultaneous sense of place, dislocation and expanse. To illustrate the power of this visual language of photography and its role in shaping and staging contemporary symbolism, I create a fantasy world of photoscapes – landscapes with a dual indeterminacy of both form and content. Here the frame of reference lies within the exploration of the frame itself, as I pan and scan and extract segments from my previous photos, transforming them into new abstractions. The camera draws toward particular places within previous original works to the point that we begin to see ‘inside’ a new space hidden within the source material. The ensuing images investigate breath-taking vistas, awe-inspiring panoramas, and the majesty of untouched territories as far as the eye can see. The results are parcels of photography-based realities, abstractions that, in and of themselves, remind us there exists an intimacy and otherness to matter.

Italics taken from an unpublished essay by Jeremy Glazier entitled, “The Presence of the Original: Photoscopy, Physics and the Recent Work of Robert Metzger”

Pieces by Robert Metzger:

* Some of these artworks may not be for sale.

Biography  ::

Selected Exhibitions:  ::
Solo and Duo Exhibitions

2004 The Lobby Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ohio Art League, Columbus, OH
2003 The Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH
2002 Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, OH
2001 Acme Art Company, Columbus, OH
1999 Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
1992 Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 Wade Wilson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Artreach Gallery, Columbus, OH

Group Exhibitions

2006 Art and Artifice, Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University
2005 Made In Ohio/Diverse Sources, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
2004 Ohio Art League, Columbus, OH
1998 Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
1997 Exhibition 280, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
1996 Digital, The Ohio State University Gallery, Newark, OH
1993 N.A.M.E. Group Exhibition, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
State of the Art ’93, The New England Fine Art Institute, Boston, MA
1990 SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1986 A New Generation of Ohio Artists, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Grants and Awards

2002 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, The Ohio Arts Council
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, The Greater Columbus Arts Council
1996 Award of Excellence, Huntington Museum of Art
1990 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, The Ohio Arts Council

Press and Publications

2005 Made In Ohio/Diverse Sources (catalogue), Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
“Art Of The State”, Columbus Alive, August 10 2004
Dialogue Magazine, May/June 2004, Volume 27 Number 3
1997 Exhibition 280 (catalogue), Huntington Museum of Art
1995 New Art International: Edition 1, Book Art Press
Columbus Art Magazine, Volume 1, Number 2
1993 “Ace on Art”, Heyne, D.; Ace Magazine, March Issue
Exploring Color Photography: Second Edition, Hirsch, Robert; Brown & Benchmark
1992 “Art”, Artner, A.; Chicago Tribune, July 10th, section 7, page 9
“Artbreak”, Weinstein, M.; New City: The Chicago Weekly, Vol. 7, No. 211
1990 The Plain Dealer, Cullinan, H., January 22nd Issue
1986 A New Generation of Ohio Artists (catalogue), The Kent State University Art


The Ohio State University, Newark, OH
Meyers–Welsh Architecture and Design, Columbus, OH
David Berube, New York, NY
Thomas Hart, Chicago, IL
Alex Heylen, Herk de Stadt, BE
Greg and Melesa Klosek, Columbus, OH
Luke and Shelley Kautz, Columbus, OH
Brian Leist, Denver, CO
Gerard Moersdorf, Columbus, OH
Mary Ostrom, Columbus, OH
Gregory Pruden, Columbus, OH
Franklin Secord, Chicago, IL
Delmas Sroufe, Columbus, OH
Edwin Todd II, Columbus, OH
Tom Wagner, Columbus, OH
Elizabeth Walker, Chicago, IL
Zach Waymer, Columbus, OH

Video Screenings

1998 Ohio Valley Regional Media Arts Coalition Independent Producers Program Fair, Columbus, OH
1996 Wexner Center Film and Video Showcase, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
1994 First Annual U.S. Fringe Film and Video Festival, Cincinnati, OH
1992 Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL Morlan Gallery Film Festival, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
3rd Mondial Video Festival International, Brussels, Belgium
1990 Downtown Community TV Center, New York, NY
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH


1985 Bachelor of Art Degree in Photography, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Born 1960 Columbus, OH, USA