Pendulum

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

The word pendulum can refer to the swinging part of a clock that acts to maintain and regulate movement. But the origin of the word comes from the latin, pendulus, hanging down. Our own gross (large) organs are concentrated in our chest, thorax, neck and head, and our appendages are largely composed of skeletal, muscular, adipose tissue, nerve, skin, etc. In the future, scientists will likely explore the implantation of sensory organs in our appendages to enhance our sensorial capacity. This will be especially useful in military applications.

Enkantasyan

Blue conté on printmaking paper, 2011

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

Cybernetics was originally posited as a method or analytic tool to describe closed-loop systems. Systems like these often exhibit characteristics of self regulation, presumably for the purpose of maintaining a steady state or near-steady state or equilibrium. The biosphere is arguably one such system, the feedback loop is maintained by a series of factors that operate in an interrelated manner including color and reflectivity of light, atmospheric gasses and their insulating effect, airborne particulates, weather patterns and cloud cover. It is not unreasonable to assume that global warming will result in a measured attempt by the biosphere to maintain a steady state.

Torasik

Torasik, conté on printmaking paper, 2010-2011, approx. 12" x 23"

Torasik, Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 23″, 2010-2011

A Klein Bottle is mathematical construction that takes the form of a three-dimensional object. The Klein Bottle has a single continuous surface that coterminously includes both interior and exterior surfaces. Apposite to the basic nature of evolutionary biology, the Klein Bottle is in fact a primitive model for capture, consumption and digestion.

Danse Enkantasyon

Dance Enkantasyon, conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12" x 23", 2010-2011

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

After drinking, the Count would annoy his subjects with his fiddle playing well into the night. The little people in fear stood by and feigned joy at the sound. Those closest would feel compelled to dance, especially after the public executions. Those further away would clap their hands mechanically while smiling like idiots.

Vessel

Robert Egert, Vessel, 2012, blue conté on printmaking paper, 11" x 17" LIC studio August 2012

Conté on printmaking paper, approx. 12″ x 17″, 2013

Autophagia refers to self-consumption, or eating oneself. Interpreted at the level of the species, it can refer to a general practice of industrial cannibalism as has been noted by the press, animal rights activists, nutritionists and epidemiologists. Autophagia is a common result of the modern production of animal food. For example, most industrially produced animal food contains ingredients that are referred to as “meal,” such as lamb meal, chicken meal, etc. These sources are typically composed of residue collected from the floor of the slaughterhouse. These are sometimes fed to the same species as food from which they were derived constituting a form of autophagia. This can result in the outbreak of unexpected and undocumented diseases.

Inversion

Robert Egert, Inversion, blue conté on printmaking paper, 11" x 17" August, 2012

The underworld, a world unknown by any living person, is imagined as an extension of our own world but perversely altered. It exists in a parallel universe–a magical place that obeys the laws of conventional, three dimensional space but yet cannot be accessed save by passing through the transformation of death. Like a mirror to our own world, the underworld is often depicted as an inverted reflection of our living realty. An inverted torch, a window that slides open from the top, a bed that clings to the ceiling.