Digital Photography

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.

‘Bréguet 14 Mash-Up’ Featured in PRIMARY COLORS @ NYC4PA

Br’equet 14 Mash-up
  • Bréguet 14 Mash-up is a high-flying member of the widely-exhibited Smash-up/Mash-up photographic digital art series by Robert Koss.

“Bréguet 14 Mash-up” is featured in the Primary Colors 2020-21 Exhibition currently showing at the New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA)

From the Gallery website:

RED, YELLOW, and BLUE tubes of paint are the basic building blocks for all the colors of the rainbow. They also stand alone, individually, as strong primary color artistic elements.

Artists were invited to submit images where one of these PRIMARY COLORS stands out as a focal part of the photograph.

Juror: Ann M. Jastrab, executive director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel California.

About: The mission of the New York Center for Photographic Art is to provide exhibition opportunities in the vibrant New York City gallery world to photographers around the globe. NYC4PA offers international, themed, open call competitions juried by recognized experts in the field of photography.

Check it all out at The New York Center for Photographic Arts (NYC4PA).