“Collectomania” by David Bartnett opens the spring season at Ivy Brown Gallery. Barnett, a surrealist artist incorporates discarded mechanical objects and gadgets into his artwork. His work is characterized by its unique and eclectic mix of materials, which range from bottle caps, feathers, x-rays, machine parts, maps, doll parts, old clocks and typewriters etc. Barnett’s use of these discarded items not only adds texture and depth to his work, but it also serves as a commentary on consumer culture and the disposability of modern technology.
In addition to his use of mechanical objects, Barnett’s work often incorporates elements of humor and absurdity. Many of his pieces feature whimsical or fantastical creatures and scenes, such as a mechanical bird with flying machines, humans or parts of humans and cityscape made entirely out of discarded electronics, old magazines, books and various found objects.
“My objective is to integrate these found elements with those fashioned after my own hand to convey a sense of conflict that resonates with the viewer. My works speaks to a recurring theme-the battle between society and automation for man’s soul” — David Barnett