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.


Seeing Red: Bréguet 14 Flying Solo at bG Gallery

Bréguet 14 Mash-up, a high-flying member of the widely-exhibited Smash-up/Mash-up photographic digital art series by Robert Koss, goes solo in exhibition opening June 12 at bG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica

I am excited to be a part of the Spectrum Gestalt 8 exhibition at the bG Gallery at Bergamot Station. Hope you can come to the opening and keep me company. My artwork is in the Red spectrum. (Due to social distancing, the time-slot for the Red spectrum is 3-4pm.)

Part curatorial, part installation, Spectrum-Gestalt brings together artists’ works from a wide variety of genres and mediums, grouping them into an expansive spectrum of color.

Check it out at

Spectrum Gestalt 8

June 12 – July 5, 2021

Where: bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave #A2, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 19th 2:00pm – 7:00pm PST

Virtual Zoom Reception: Tuesday, June 29th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm PST.

Only 20 people will be allowed in the gallery at once to allow for proper social distancing.