Superpower

November 15 to December 15, 2017 at the Parish Gallery

"Robertson's Superpower: Babylon explodes like an ocular grenade, a joyous cross between a Mills bomb and a kaleidoscope" - Bryan Hollerbach, Art Critic, Ladue News

Superpower participated as a poster session at the 2018 College Art Association conference. Click here to see the poster

Superpower was featured in a review by the Ladue News

Superpower was featured in the St. Louis Visual Arts Quarterly. Read the review here. 

These maps explore postcolonial transnational capitalism by comparing and contrasting the Mercator and Gall-Peters map projections. These maps consider the psychological effect that scale has on the perception of cultural importance. For instance, the Mercator projection used most commonly in the United States depicts Greenland being about the same size as Africa, when in reality Africa is 18 times larger than Greenland.

The landmasses of these maps contain iconography determined by the economic status of the countries in each continent. The rating of a nation as “G-7,” “G-20,” “developed,” or “undeveloped,” determines the commodity, media logo, corporate logo, monetary symbol, or national symbol depicted within its borders. In these works cliché signs of a spreading consumer culture follow the lines of conflict across the globe, highlight active cultural fault lines, and give a visual to post-colonial power structures.