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Robert x 2/ Fragments & Paper,

showcasing mixed media sculptures, drawings, and installations by Robert Tomlinson and Robert Schlegel.

January 7 2015 - February 6, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.




The Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art at Western Oregon University is proud to announce a new exhibit, WORK & MORE WORK, Robert x 2/ Fragments & Paper, showcasing mixed media sculptures, drawings, and installations by Robert Tomlinson and Robert Schlegel. The exhibit runs from January 7 through February 6, 2016 with a reception for the artists on Wednesday, January 7 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The artists will give a talk in the gallery on Friday, January 16 from noon – 1:00 p.m. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.


Tomlinson and Schlegel - who have worked and shown together in the past - both created new, individual works for the Cannon Gallery exhibit. As well, the show features a new series of mixed media drawings on paper created in collaboration. Both artists have pushed the boundaries of their usual studio practices to offer an exhibit that is as thought provoking as it is beautiful.


Of his new work, Tomlinson says,

In the last year, both the structure and content of my work have changed dramatically. Most of what will be on display in the Cannon Gallery will offer evidence of this shift away from making singular, iconic images in favor of creating eclectic compositions with a wide range of different materials.

Language is now a more dominant force in the composition and content of my work. The history of the alphabet and the nature of words open up expansive new ways of exploring mark-making in the realm of poetry.

I work with fragments, orchestrating a specific theme for each work or series, which revolves around my interest in memory and perception, place and absence, intuition and intention. Each material has its own "voice." I enjoy discovering what that is and creating a means through which it resonates. Asking the right questions has always seemed more important to me than arriving at answers.

Schlegel is well known throughout the Northwest as an accomplished painter of stylized rural landscapes and birds, in particular. For this exhibit, he has filled the gallery with sculptural birds, houses and figures that look like they may have just walked out of one of his paintings. His use of found materials, old bits of paper, metal and sticks ties his work visually to Tomlinson’s.


Of his sculptures, Schlegel says,

They started out as avian then morphed into figurative and then into structures. As the work progressed I came to realize that it represents what I know, what I am, the environs in which I reside.

As a biology student I prepared field studies of birds, removed the viscera, used corn meal to absorb the fluids, inserted cotton, stitched the birds together again, tagged and labeled. These tiny indicators of the health of the planet flit from tree to bush seeking seeds and nourishment around the house where I live.

The structures are representative of the rural environment in which I live. They are the agriculture ephemera that house animals, hay and assorted pieces of equipment with which to work the fields.

The collaborations represent a collegial dialog. Although our backgrounds differ our appreciation of creativity is shared.

The Cannon Gallery of Art is located in the heart of Western Oregon University’s campus in the beautifully renovated Campbell Hall. Campbell Hall was built in 1871 and is the oldest building still in use the Oregon University System. The gallery has approximately 700 square feet of exhibition space and holds six exhibitions during each academic year. Thematic and media-specific exhibits by regional and nationally acclaimed artists are included in each annual schedule.


For more information contact Gallery Director, Paula Booth at 503-838-8607 or



If you have any other questions

please contact Paula Booth at, (503)838-8607

Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art

345 N. Monmouth Ave.

Monmouth, Oregon 97361


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