Bryan Allen Robertson

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

My paintings and digital collages trace their artistic style of thinking to Northern European painters who used symbolism to depict mercantile disparities between classes. Contemporary writers like Arjun Appadurai and Sheldon Wolin describe a kind of cultural autocracy forming from the consolidation of global wealth. Their ideas affect how my art interprets power and its many iterations throughout the social fabric.  

All of my work starts off with words or phrases or tracers of images. The art comes to life through a forensic investigation aided by Internet image searches. I follow the clich√© signs of a spreading consumer culture across active cultural fault lines. In my work, these shifting tectonic plates point to the continually changing location and scope of power.  

Ultimately, in my practice, 2D visual language functions as a way to synthesize a diversity of information (geographic, ethnic, architectural, and photographic) into single pictorial space. Well-known symbols become rearranged into a closed loop of personal hieroglyphics, which interprets the power structures I see arising from big data, surveillance capitalism, and a corporate media all thriving from distraction and conflict.