Robert Brinker | painter
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SELECTED WORKS - 2001-2003

Roman Collage

watercolor and collage on paper
13 x 19 inches

2003 - Made in Italy - Roman Collages

Selected works from the Series & artist statement

Robert Brinker: Role-Play Series #10, 2002, digital photo, oil and collage on canvas
Eyes Front
oil on digital print
11 x 8 1/2 inches

2002 - Role-Play Series

Selected works from the Series & artist statement

Robert Brinker: Untitled #4, 2002 - Collage and pencil on paper
Untitled #4
collage and pencil on paper
15 x 11 inches

2002 - Works on paper: pencil, watercolors, collages & digital photos

Selected works from the Series

Artist Statement
March 2002

I was told that good tea does not come in a bag and it does not have staples. I was not brought up with any knowledge of tea ceremonies. There was no boiling of water, no steeping, no pouring off of impurities and certainly no time spent contemplating over a cup of tea. My tea ceremony was instant hot water, a bag of Lipton's, some maple syrup and out the door. It also included, "...the mystical saving of the tea bag for future use." (Roz Chast, "The Ancient Tea Ceremony of Astoria", The New Yorker.)

For over three years, I have been making drawings on tea bags. It started when I used tea to stain canvas and decided not to throw away a few dozen tea bags. A large pile of them sat on my table and eventually dried out. I picked up a tea bag, pulled off the string, undid the staple, emptied the tea and opened it up. There was a subtle color to the bag and dark stains where it had been folded. I have been drawing on them ever since.

The tea bag drawings started off as individal pieces on single tea bags and evolved into larger pieces with several tea bags glued together. Images would be drawn and painted on the tea bags before, during and after the gluing process. The transparent nature of the tea bag allowed me to work on both sides of the paper simultaneously.

Two more bodies of work came out from drawing on tea bags. The latest being "shaped-stain paintings." I start with vellum and some left over tea or coffee and pour it onto a piece of vellum. Several days later, after the stain has dried, I begin to paint and draw on both sides of the stained vellum with ink and acrylics. The shape of the stain sometimes dictates what images are used. After the image is completed, I pour multiple layers of poly vinyl acetate, an archival white glue, on to the vellum to add some body. Then I cut the shape out with a blade. The shape resembles skin or thick animal hide. I attach it to the wall using straight pins and let it hang off the wall. (The pinning part reminds me of dissecting an animal.)

I have also been working on a series of drawings using tea as ink. There are subtle color changes with the type and strength of the tea as well as a crisp line quality. The images come from many sources including comic books, children's work books, and images collected from personal travels. They have all been removed from their original context and placed in a new one. I'm interested in how the viewer may see these pieces as a type of storyboard installation and how narratives may change in response to the order of the images.


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Robert Brinker: Bandito, 2001 - Stain on paper
Robert Brinker: Untitled (Meteor), 2002 - Ink and stain on paper
Untitled (Meteor)
Sweet Drawing #7
Robert Brinker: Training Wheels, 2002 - Ink and stain on vellum
Training Wheels

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