Artist Robert Fogel is captivated by the strong lines, textures, and colors found in nature. Initially, Fogel began making metal sculptures to recreate his experiences in the Great Basin where, as a biology professor, he took many research trips. His work seeks to minimize the details of these places to allow the viewer to bring their own experiences and memories to the art. Fogel enjoys the challenge and freedom of working in metal, stating “I love its versatility and strength. It can be shaped in a variety of ways. It is strong and it can be textured and colored in numerous ways.” Though initially inspired by Utah’s landscape, moving to Louisiana exposed Fogel to streams, oxbow lakes and bayous. Equally captivated, he began his “Meander” series, which features tight, voluptuous curves and bends.
His latest show, Hidden Depths, will open Friday, February 26th from six to nine in the evening at Gallery 203. Attached to the Frame of Mind, this is the first artist Gallery 203 will feature since being purchased by Kit Gilbert and Robert Skipper. “The Frame of Mind and Gallery 203 have been completely made-over both in both appearance and intent. We are excited to bring local artists into the space to highlight the vast and diverse nature of our art community,” said gallery director, Marguerite Hogue.
Though Fogel lives, and makes, out of Haughton, LA, he has shown across the state and country. He has exhibited at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery in California as well as been featured in the Art Melt 2013, which is Louisiana’s largest juried art show. Fogel was a finalist at the Louisiana Contemporary 2015 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. His works have also been seen at Art with a Bayou View in Monroe in 2013. Some of his more recent exhibitions have been at the Norsworth Gallery and Marlene Yu Museum. We are excited to feature Robert Fogel at Gallery 203, which is located at 203 W. Alabama in Ruston, Louisiana inside the Frame of Mind.