Cut Paper Dragon Statement
These new large-scale dragons are made by using Chinese farmer paintings as the background illustration combined with images of traditional Chinese paper cut dragons. The farmer paintings, all purchased from local markets in Xi’an, have been scanned, enlarged and printed on high quality paper using Archival inks. A dragon is then projected and hand-drawn with pencil on the backside of the new print. It is then cut by hand using an X-acto knife.
I am interested in the dialogue that occurs by combining different techniques, imagery and abstraction and how technology in the form of scanners, printers and projectors can be paired with traditional, historic ways of creating art, specifically the ancient art form of cut paper.
Robert Brinker is a mixed media artist whose primary focus is painting and cut paper collage. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, New York City; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. In 2003 and 2004 he was awarded a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the American Academy of Rome. His recent solo exhibition, Chasing Dragons, at Michael Warren Contemporary was selected by the publication art ltd. as one of the top ten exhibits in Denver for 2016.
Brinker’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo; Lavazza Coffee, Turin, Italy; New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York; National Art Museum of China, Beijing; Progressive Insurance, Cleveland; The British Library, London; The New York Public Library, New York; and in numerous established private collections.