Flatlife Friday: Art Werger

Friday, Jun 12 – 19, 2020

4912 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Every other week, CPC's very own Flat Phil takes you snooping through the drawers and other hidden places to discover gorgeous work by gallery artists that you can buy. Flat Phil (with his trusty sidekick, Art Purchase) has an enviable ability to slip inside narrow spaces unnoticed, and pretty much flipped out when he started exploring the otherworldly work of etching and mezzotint maestro ART WERGER. This feature also just happens to coincide with the launch of CPC's online MEZZOTINT PREP class next week!! And if you cannot imagine HOW this man manages to work a piece of copper to produce these lush images, you are not alone. ENJOY...


My work explores themes of time/space and the nature of representation as shared experience. I create images that thrust the viewer into an active relationship with an otherwise static picture. My subjects are often observed from an oblique aerial angle or from an objective distance, placing the viewer in the position of the omniscient narrator. Within this framework, themes of personal interactions and the relationship of people with their environment are explored. I work primarily in the media of etching and mezzotint enjoying the processes that permanently fix these images into a metal surface.   -Art Werger


Ebb and Flow: North, East, South and West 
This four panel, color aquatint etching totals 2 ft x 12 ft; each panel is 24" x 36". The works captures  beach erosion at Montauk, NY. Each of these four prints are sold separately, $900 each.


Art Werger is a Professor and the Chair of the Printmaking program at Ohio University. He taught at Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia for 18 years where he was Division Chair of the Dept of Fine Arts. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1978) and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin (1982). His work in etching and mezzotint has been internationally exhibited for over thirty years. He has received over two hundred awards for his work. He is best known for his aerial images of cities and suburbs and for his narrative mezzotints. In 2015 he received both the International Printmaking Prize at the Guanlan International Printmaking Biennial in Guanlan, China and the Grand Prize at the International Mezzotint Festival in Ekaterinburg, Russia.


Top Left: Glimpse, mezzotint, 3.5x3.5 inches, $150

Top Right: Hold On, mezzotint, 3.5x3.5 inches, $150

Lower Left: Thoughtless, mezzotint, 3.5x3.5 inches, $150

Lower Right: Running Errands, mezzotint, 3.5x3.5 inches, $150