Cosmic Firestorm


Robert Swedroe

As a young architect, Robert Swedroe emerged upon the art scene in 1963 with the first of eight consecutive one-man shows from Miami Beach to New York. Over the next decade, his creation of collages numbered into the hundreds, earning both critical acclaim and a succession of sold-out exhibitions. The visionary eye of the artist informed his commercial, grand-scale designs with greater depth and attention to detail. His professional mastery of structure, form and balance contributed a sense of proportion and discipline to his collage and assemblage work. Recently this interplay of design aesthetics culminated in an entirely new series of multimedia constructions; one that reflects Robert’s personal vision of the structural and visual composition of the world around us. These latest works of collage and assemblage continue his tradition of challenging the boundaries between two and three dimensions, while leveraging his sensitivity to the everyday images that comprise our environment. These new “higher-tech” creations now incorporate computer-generated elements, monochromatic fields, and a bolder, crisper array and arrangement of sumptuous, thought-provoking imagery. Robert Swedroe’s passion and commitment to the practice of both art and architecture are as ardent and profound as ever. His designs evolve with the sensibilities of our time and with his own growth and maturation as an artist.

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When it comes to creating collage art, I approach it in a surreal way. I dont like to dictate what the viewer is supposed to see. Instead, I aim to draw them in and encourage them to discover new things each time they view the piece. One of my works, Cosmic Energy from 2010, is a part of the Celestial Series. This piece captures the intense energy of planets and stars colliding in space. The primary color is red, with various shades of yellow and orange creating a fiery atmosphere. I used jewel-encrusted discs and circular shapes to represent the planets colliding with glitter-embossed stars set against a black and red background. The result is a truly out-of-this-world collage that captures the essence of a cosmic firestorm.