Brandon Locher‘s drawings from his ‘Mazes To The Motherlode’ series are strange. Odd. Bizarre. When Locher sent his work into mutantspace I was stumped. I loved them; their aesthetic quality, his technical proficiency, the energy they emitted. But I didn’t know how to engage with them. What were they about? Where did they come from? Were they really just mazes as suggested in the title of the series? Or something else.
I came to the conclusion that the work was much more than that. For a start Locher works across a wide variety of mediums including audio recordings, visual art, multimedia art and sound art and is a main contributor and co-founder of My Idea of Fun, a collective of musicians, visual artists, film makers and writers based in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. This got me to thinking that I was looking at the work of an artist immersed in sound. An artist who had created a series of soundscape drawings, was attempting to recreate sound on paper.
They really are beautifully finished drawings. They are precise, controlled, energetic, vibrant and allow you to wander through them, create your own space in which to dream. I must say I’m delighted to hook up with an arts collective working and living on another continent, another group of people who are intent of creating, exploring and seeking. You should check them out. Especially if you’re into sound.