Bricolage is an underused word relating to the compositing of diverse materials, ideas or structures. It is used mainly with regards to art or literature.
Each of the artists in this curation created works which fall into this description. Further, each of the artists utilizes Bricolage to help them enunciate responses to the myriad identification issues present within our current society whether as a result of branding, politics, gender differences or societal norms.
Each artist believes it necessary to "copy and paste" borrowing via the use of photography, newspaper transfers or direct image copying to illustrate the confusion of identity within which we now live.
Ben Bertocci appropriates images of animals and appliances within his paintings to portray self-identity.
Kevin Bourgeois draws almost photorealistic logos in graphite and pairs them with matches, bullet casing or found objects to show how we identify with branding even when those brands harm ourselves and our environment.
Nick Cash incorporates digital photographs and magazines to discuss our perception of the environments we live in or with.
Michel Demanche uses a collage of photographs, drawings and photo transfers from children's books to discuss gender perception and how mentally handicapped are viewed in society.
Steven Dobbin, casts exact copies of found objects or toys, then photographs them and displays the duo to raise discussions on gender roles directed at children.
Erik Foss uses photo transfers from old Maxims or Playboy magazines to speak about female identities.
Greg Haberny recycles pieces of old paintings, and melted crayons to convey ideas on our polictial and socio-political beliefs
Gerry Mocarsky composes staged photographs which copy famous portraits or paintings but with transgender men in place of the central figure.
John David O’Brien like Nick Cash, focuses on our identification of space, of home, of environment using paint, and photographic transfers, straight photography and collage.