In the Summer of 1998, Robert Lee Mejer visited afa Press and completed two silkscreen editions.
The abstract image titled "Lakeside", was made in conjunction with "Riverbend", an edition commissioned by the Quincy Illinois Art Center. Both editions were produced collaboratively by Mejer and Bruce Wood, afa Press' Master Printer, in June 1998, at the afa Press studio by the southern shore of Lake Michigan.
Robert Lee Mejer is an Illinois painter and educator known regionally for his non-objective painterly compositions. He describes his work as evolving from collage, which he frequently employs in his paintings and monotypes. His compositions also reveal a spiritual nature, as he believes that "life is about gesture / motion". This is evident in the sceenprint "Riverbend", which evolved from a monotype he made while a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. He describes being fascinated by the melting snows in the Gihon river, watching the spiral patterns in the moving water. He combined this fluid motion with the solid forms inspired by trees backlit by the sky.
Robert Lee Mejer (left) and Master
Printer Bruce Wood discuss "Lakeside".
The edition "Lakeside"
also reflects Mejer's interest in the visual effects of nature,
revealing the influence of his stay at afa Press, amid verdant
woods and Lake Michigan. However, an additional influence is evident:
architecture. A strong rectangular form is included in the composition.
It's a reference to windows, which he often employs as a frame
for the perception of reality.
Robert Lee Mejer studied painting with Milton Resnick and Nathan Olivera at Kent State University in Ohio, and received an M.F.A. from Miami University in Ohio, where he studied with Robert Wolfe, Jr. For he past 30 years, Mejer has been a Professor of Art at Quincy University, Quincy, IL, and is currently the Division of Fine Arts Chairperson.
"Lakeside" is an edition of 30 impressions. They are printed in 7 colors with water based inks, on Coventry 100% cotton, 335 gr./sq.m. paper.
Image size is 18" x 14", paper size is 24" x 20".
"Lakeside" Screenprint, 24" x 20" , edition of 30 "Riverbend" Screenprint, 24" x 20" , published by the Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL. Printer's Proofs available