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About me

My education was grounded in conceptual/minimalist art. Some of my early influences were Anne Truit, Sam Gilliam, Craig Kauffman and Tony Delap. Over time, I became disenchanted with purely formal art and how it created a distance between the art and the viewer. I was intrigued with the idea of involving the viewer in the art experience and I started working on large-scale, interactive installations that incorporated writing, sound, and performance. The installation work culminated with a 5,000 sq. ft. circus on the grounds of the U.C. Irvine campus.


From 1990 until I retired in 2017, I worked in Information Technology, first as a Software Developer, and then as a Project Manager, and I only made Art sporadically. In 2017, I returned to aking Art full-time. 

My current work is an attempt to synthesize my dual interests in visual art and literature. Text from novels, poems, and personal writings are used to generate a QR Code. Then, using the QR code as an image mask, I superimpose two images that relate literally or metaphorically to the text. The final image must be judged on its own merits, but like hieroglyphics they should be de-coded to fully understand the context of the piece. Using a smartphone app, the viewer can easily decipher the QR code which in turn assists them in mentally separating the overlapping images. This work continues a life-long odyssey to actively engage the user in the viewing experience. 



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Robert Arbogast

349 Fiddlers Point Dr

Saint Augustine, FL 32080



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