Imagine an art class in the 80s: paint is flying everywhere, the students clothing is a wild array of colours and shapes, the teacher has big hair. This is what Brandon E.Cannon’s work reminds one of.
The creative energy, the flow, the colours, the excitement, Cannon uses a collage of mixed media: he cuts out geometric shapes, placing them on top of coloured or marbled paper, or paper with lines, dots and stripes, and huge dollops of paint resting on the side. His mixed media collages are like tiny installations, a glimpse into the creative brain. This is not simply a placing of different materials, it’s an almost psychic determination of where objects should go. A process that seems random, but is determined by some sort of higher inclination.
Objects like sponges and plasticine are included, adding an extra dimension of tangibility and texture. This creates new elements in the work, you almost feel like you could reach out and touch it, rearrange it like a game of I-Spy. Cannon invites you in to enjoy his imagination, to delight in all he has to offer and show.
Words / Ruby Giles