Robert Brinker | Command X
4 June 2011- 30 June 2011
Opening Reception 17 June, 6-9pm.
The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception.
212GALLERY is pleased to present "Command X" featuring 26 drawings by Robert Brinker.
"Command X" references the delete or cutting out feature on the computer keyboard.
This facile act contrasts the highly-detailed process by which Brinker creates. "All my work is hand drawn, hand colored and hand cut with an exact-o blade," he says. "There are no short cuts for my process."
Brinker's works use multiple sources to form his drawings and cutouts which evoke an openwork fabric or structure and inter-connected complex networks. Some works, like Bubble Machine, are complex and intense; others, such as Coin Slot, Cotton Tail and Curb Feelers, are loose and simple. Regardless, the process of drawing the line and filling it in is highly meditative. "When the lines meander and cross under and over other layers and lines, they become more complex with movement and space," he says.
This tension between the "old-school" process, which pays homage to the paper cut tradition in China, as well as the subliminal adult-theme associated with the letter "X," plays off each other. Old and new; traditional and erotic. "I enjoy the stories you hear about many of the old school original Disney animators (and contemporary ones as well) who add some type of subliminal message or suggestive image," he says.
Using oil paint, graphite, ink, mylar, sandpaper with cut paper or magazine cut-outs, Brinker's works are beautiful.
"Many times what people think they are looking at are orifices and genitalia, but many times they are simply a line work of possibilities," he says.
At the upcoming show, you decide.
Robert Brinker is a mixed media artist who received his BFA from the School of Art and Design at The University of Illinois at Chicago. His main focus is works on paper and collage that range from the subtle and decorative to the overtly political; yet they always incorporate humor and social awareness. Brinker has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; the Sara Tecchia Roma Gallery, New York City; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York City; and Roxi's Pocket Art Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. His work has also been represented at Art Basel Miami. Collections of his work can be found at The British Museum, the New York Public Library, Progressive Insurance, the Altria Group, and Henry Schein Inc. The Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University and MA Nose Studios, Aspen, Colorado have jointly published a hand-made, limited edition artist's book by Brinker, The Recount of the Recount, which was exhibited at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, along with recent drawings. He lives and works in Aspen.
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