Michael Warren Contemporary is thrilled to present Robert Brinker’s newest series of paper cut dragons. From a distance these pieces have an undeniable impact: the dragon forms are bold, colorful and energetic. Inspection reveals intricate line work that draws the viewer in. Up close, they offer a chance for continuous discovery.
There is a balance to Brinker’s art that works on every level – the boldness of the dragons belies the delicate nature of material. The dragons tell a story, and the complexity of the imagery from which they are cut invites exploration. They are packed with visual symbology that juxtapose strength and weakness; masculinity and femininity; sensationalism and intimacy. As with historical fiction, Brinker’s dragons employ myths and iconography to reveal truths while sparking imagination.
Brinker’s process starts by hand cutting lines into appropriated materials: adult magazines, album covers, and posters; more imagery is then cut and inlaid into the original line work. The resultant surface tapestry provides the starting point for the series. Rob scans the inlaid materials and prints them out onto large sheets of paper – some of the largest dragons measure 5 feet wide!
Opening Reception: September 16th 6-8pm