St. Simeon the Stylite - The first and most famous of pillar saints, Simeon was a shepherd until he was 13, when he began work as a servant at a monastery. Well-loved, he entered a stricter monastery, where he out-fasted his brothers. Simeon was expelled from the monastery for excesses. In 423, he set up his first nine-foot pillar. His ascetical feat drew such attention that he later erected pillars of 12 and 20 feet to escape the crowds who came to hear him preach twice daily. At the end of his life, he lived atop a pillar 60 feet high and six feet wide.
Folly - A lack of understanding, sense, or rational conduct; any foolish action or belief. Any foolish and fruitless but expensive undertaking. A functionally useless structure, usually a tower, often built in a landscaped park to highlight a view.
“Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.” ~ I Corinthians 3: 18-19
Currently an instructor of Painting and the Slide Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Robin’s inventive prints, drawings and mixed media works can be seen in venues across the country. After receiving his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, Robin participated in many exhibitions including ones at the Yale University Art Gallery, The Jewish Museum of Philadelphia and Larry Becker Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Now a resident of Georgia, his work has been shown in many shows throughout the south, from Georgia, Florida, and Texas to as far away as Hanover, Germany.