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Bryan Robertson Art | Paintings and Digital Collage

Bryan Robertson uses painting and digital collage to explore themes of popular culture. Please enjoy his work described as surrealism infused pop art.

Subterranean Homesick Blues (after Dylan), 2016, water miscible oil, 97 3/4" x 73 1/8"

Maggie’s Farm (after Dylan), 2016, water miscible oil with laser jet print on canvas, 97 3/4" x 73 1/8"

 

She Belongs to Me (after Dylan), 2016, water miscible oil with laser jet print on canvas, 97 3/4" x 152,” 2016

 

The Kool-Aide, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on  panel, 11”x17”

Peanut Gallery, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on  panel, 11”x17”

Sucker, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Licked, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Banana Republic, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on  panel, 11”x17”

Banana Republic, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on  panel, 11”x17”

Gilded Age, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Big Pharma, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Splenda, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Equal, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on panel, 11”x17”

Sweet’N Low, 2016, digital collage laserjet print with water miscible oil on  panel, 11”x17”

The Fantasy Industrial Complex Part I, 2015, water-miscible oil on canvas, 30” x 72”

The Fantasy Industrial Complex Part II, 2015, water-miscible oil on canvas, 30” x 65”

Branded II, 2015, water-miscible oil on canvas, 52” x 108”

Branded III, 2015, water-miscible oil on canvas, 52” x 36”

Branded I, 2015, water-miscible oil on canvas, 52” x 36”


Statement on this work 

As opposed to a dystopian state of catastrophic human failure, this work imagines an “inverted utopia.” A place where suggestive soft-force corrals the human spirit. This idea takes into account the many past utopian visions that have been reliant on seizing power. I wonder what this fascination with controlling and organizing society in one and only one “correct” way really means.

It seems only natural that the lofty visions of utopian societies will drift toward an inversion. Like a cruel marketing scheme, an ideal to be dreamed but never achieved. Indeed, as the etymology of utopia from the Greek words for no-place suggests, perhaps utopia is merely a political distraction moving the body politic into dystopia without having ever realized it.