I created this work for the poem, but I had no idea what the finished work would look like. I started in the middle of December and finished it in the first week of January (2018). When I got the first proof back for the poster, I decided to make the yellow brighter and bolder. I felt the image needed to have a stronger presence.
The poem is important to me for a lot of reasons. I wrote it 31 years ago, having no clue that it would be prophetic to my own life and experiences. The poem was put together the same way I paint: unconsciously. And if the 46-year-old Brandon went back in time to inform the 16-year-old Brandon who wrote it, he/I would have rejected everything “Future Brandon” would have to say.
I will not explain the poem or take credit for any significance it has, as its significance was something revealed even to me 25 or so years later. As to its meaning on purpose, I am going to leave that up to the individual to solve: a mystery. The answer is there. Read it and interpret it for yourself and remember the “you” back then could reject the advice from the “you” in the future.
Brandon Herbers is a self-taught artist working with a combination of media: acrylics, house paint, spray paint, and fire. You may have spotted his intuitive work around Memphis, exhibited or sold by Stevens Auctions, R.R.L. Fine Art, Ronnie Grisanti’s, Painted Planet or The Vault at Metro 67. And you may have stopped by one of his pop-up painting demonstrations near the edges of the Cooper-Young Festival or the South Main Art Trolley Tour.
Call it whatever you will: outsider, abstract-expressionist, art brut…his style was not developed in art school. Someone basically had to tell him what kind of art he was making. And his “canvas” is typically framed-out plywood panels, closet doors, door panels, vintage furniture or even detached table-tops.
Brandon eventually learned more about modern art masters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, all of whom he came to respect, but his art still pushes its own frontiers. And his boundless energy, kinetic technique and enthusiasm for his work can barely be contained on the surfaces he covers (and re-covers).