Original Collage (Float Frame Included)
Artist Residence: Los Angeles, California
Size: 12 x 18 (with frame 13 7/8" x 19 3/4")
From the Artist - What is Black Art
I imagine traditional art as the coats of paint on a wall intended to project an often bleached illusion of uniformity and, thus, exclusion. The existence of Black Art then is a political act that scratches away at the surface demanding visibility. My artwork follow this example by inserting myself into the tradition of still-life collage work.
About the Artist
Brandon uses mixed media (i.e. magazine/online clippings, digital illustration and manipulation as well as pencil, ink and paint) to recreate the contours of the face and body, continuing a passion for portraits and figure drawing he developed in his youth. Thematically Brandon's collage work involves the assembly of three elements; Black joy, Black beauty and Blackness, the representations of which he often passively absorbed as a media consumer in his youth. As an adult in the context of quarantine and BLM, his art has served as both an act of self-care and political as he nurtures a pride in Black culture while also hoping to actively and positively contribute to it.