Artist Profile - Robert Yoder
Robert Yoder combines common art materials such as paper, graphite, and ink with industrial materials such as vinyl adhesive films and reflective tapes to create collages that are minimal and graphic. Many reference architecture and landscape. His work is an ongoing investigation of conflicting views and ambiguous space as it relates to two-dimensional depictions of three-dimensional space.
Robert received 2005 GAP Award funding to help defray framing costs associated with a show at Portalnd’s Froelick in fall 2005. Funding allowed for a new series of works on paper to be framed in advance and simultaneously.
Robert also received a 2000 Fellowship and 1999 GAP Award from Artist Trust. In 2013 he was a finalist for the Neddy at Cornish Awards.
As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, Robert conducted a workshop at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. The workshop, titled “Cut and Paste,” was open to students and teachers. Skagit Valley College used this opportunity to cross-promote the Museum of Northwest Art’s show, “Finds Refined,” which Robert was in. The eight adult students were artists in various media that wanted to work with collage in hopes of adding collage elements to their own studio practice. Robert began the day discussing Artist Trust and the various beneficial offerings; he passed out information on becoming a member and other opportunities. The class was lively and eager to work, and they created images for over five hours (many even worked while eating lunch). Each student made at least four collages during the day with some making as many as eight!