Robert Beam

Robert Collier Beam is an interdisciplinary artist working in photography, installation and drawing. Robert received his MFA from the University of Oregon and BFA in photography from the University of North Texas. He grew up on a family ranch in deep East Texas where a strong appreciation for the landscape was developed. Finding inspiration from the land, scientific exploration, and sites of natural phenomena, Robert creates image and object based works that resonate with our inherent need to explore and see further. Robert’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally at galleries that include, Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas; The New Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Trianon Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta; Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland; Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon; and the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas. Robert currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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Phenomenomena

From reading signs in the dirt to looking through the darkest skies, our engagement with the landscape has always led to a temporary cultural understanding of who and where we are in relation to it.

This inherent urge to look out, in order to ground our presence, resonates with our cultural obsession with the photograph as a form of reality. Before photography’s ability to fix light, various objects were used as a means of mediation between scientists and artists with the intention of producing the idea of truth. The record, photograph or artifact is an absence of space but our ability to afford these objects the power to transcend our present physical state interests me deeply.

This work also functions as a response to the unknown within the landscape; visualizing colliding elements beyond our limited grasp of visible light, searching for sites of natural phenomena and calling attentions to implied ideas such as borders and time.

Phenomeomena is a collection of sites, observations and abstractions of our presence within the landscape. Responding to our intentions of utilizing the land as a point of departure and looking through it as a means of understanding and discovery.

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To view more of Robert’s work please visit his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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