Collage seems to have been a very passive theme on LAIY recently. We’ve featured the SLASH show at Carl E. Smith and Lou Beach’s collages and short stories and, now, to add to that tiny canon, we have Brian Robertson, a local artist who creates collage and acrylic painted pieces.
Robertson’s work is very delicate and almost completely “uncollaged” when you look at it, as his pieces do an excellent job of marrying the collaged pieces with the painted pieces. His work plays a lot with patterning and his own visual lexicon of tall, teardrop shaped race of people, whose appendages are long and somewhat tentacle-like. And, with all the pattern play he does paired with these characters, he almost is like this male version of Mel Kadel.
Many of the characters feature distorted faces that are from other eras, slightly disjointed from the pieces. They are highly reminiscent of super-humanoid-like-but-obviously-robotic characters in entertainment, like Miles Monroe in Sleeper, the guys in Heartbeeps, and the crazy robotos from the Flesh Fair pens in A.I.–but they’re all animated by a more abstract person on The Triplets of Belleville’s animation team. Sure, those are a lot of things they are reminiscent of, but what I’m getting at is that they’re very unique in how these abstractions are turned humanoid by the addition of even the tiniest distorted face.
Check out Robertson’s work on his website, as there are plenty more pieces to check out.