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Gallery: Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up

Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up Series by Robert Koss

Artist’s Statement

In the Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up series of work, I have photographed plastic models that I made as a child. I place the models on bright Day-Glo poster boards. The colors of the boards are chosen to contrast with the colors of the model planes. For me, the colors evoke the promise and freshness of my childhood.

After initially photographing the intact models, I smash and then re-photograph them, capturing the positions in which the pieces landed. At times I combine the before (intact) and after (smashed) photographs, and at other times I just use the smashed images.

With the destruction of my childhood achievement, I bid goodbye to the bright promise of those younger days. The idea of chance juxtaposed with contrasting colors results in new artworks that reflect great visual depth, while evoking something bright and shiny from my past, albeit now broken and flawed.

Street Shots: Lost and Found

The Crest Westwood
The Crest Westwood opened as the 500-seat UCLAN Theatre in late 1940, and was built with a stage for live performance in addition to movie screenings. Frances Seymour Fonda, wife of Henry and mother of Jane and Peter, financed the theatre. Architect Arthur W. Hawes, also known for designing the Hollywood Reporter Building, designed the Crest in an austere Art Deco & Moderne style.

The Crest Westwood

LOST: My favorite movie theater permanently closed? Imagine that.

FOUND: The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture along with its performing arts program, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, announced the acquisition of the Crest Theater on Westwood Boulevard in 2018. The landmark venue will be transformed into a new off-campus performing arts space that will serve as an important addition to UCLA’s rich offering of cultural venues and resources across the city. (Details in the UCLA Newsroom)

The Big Picture: Movie history in the making as traced by Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. It’s a great read.