Robert Koss

A 1994 recipient of New York City’s Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship in Photography, I have a Masters Degree in Art from California State University at Northridge, and have exhibited my artwork for many years at venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. My photography has been reviewed in several publications, and was featured recently in the Creative Quarterly 57, and Creative Quarterly’s 100 Best Annual 2019.

Artist’s Statement

Smash-up/ Mash-up/Cut-up
Bright colors and the feel and look of plastic evoke the promise and freshness of childhood. For the Smash-up/Mash-up/Cut-up series of work I photograph plastic models I had made as a child on poster board in bright day-glo colors. The colors are selected to contrast with the models and also evoke the promise and freshness of childhood. I then smash and rephotograph them. Afterwards I sometimes combine the before and after photographs, other times I use just the smashed ones.  With this destruction of childhood achievement, I am bidding goodbye to that bright promise of childhood. Smashing my past and letting go of my childhood. This deconstruction of childhood illusions results in works using chance and the juxtaposition of contrasting colors that suggest depth to create new art. Evoking something bright and shining from the past though now broken and flawed.