Brian Booker's haunting assemblages of vintage and found objects hint at a vivid and eerie imagination. He appears to be a very complex and interesting character. His work, both written and visual, requires one to take the time to enjoy. Tthey are layered and fantastic and worth taking the time to savor.
As a forth grader, Brian became obsessed with a catalogue of a company that supplies biological specimens. In 2002 after rediscovering the same catalogue he decided to research the process used to preserve specimens. This grew into a more creative and expressive hobby which lead him to create his beautifully composed assemblages.
A Ph. D in English and American Literature, Brian is also a teacher and fiction writer (his short stories can be read on his website). His works are inspired by the work surrealist collage artist Joseph Cornell.
I think the handmade ethos dovetails nicely with the medium of assemblage, which is about altering our attention to the world of small objects that surrounds us: noticing, gathering, re-combining. Partly by design and partly by chance, we create new things, which are, in a sense, unique environments where the old and the new cohabitate.