Patrick Brill is a lecturer in the Sir John Cass Department of Art Media & Design and makes art under the invented personae of Bob and Roberta Smith. B&R have exhibited worldwide, are Turner Prize-shortlisted, created a Christmas tree for Tate Britain and a short-listed installation for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Bob and Roberta are known for their distinctive lettering that brings to mind school exercise-book doodling. The confrontational slogans tackle art, politics and popular culture with a subversive humor. Installation, sculpture and performance are also used to tackle established ideas.
Commercial Road Library holds a number of books and a DVD about and by Bob and Roberta Smith. Find them on the Library catalogue. The most recent publication , a comprehensive monograph titled ‘I should Be In Charge’ should be added to stock shortly.
The best advertising and design in the world : everything is made (art direction), 2010
Hijack reality: Deptford X: a ‘how to guide’ to running a really top-notch art festival; introduction by Matthew Collings, 2009
Art and text, (essay) ed. Aimee Selby, 2009
Art u need: my part in the public art revolution, 2007
Hearing voices, seeing things: a Serpentine Gallery project, with Jessica Voors, 2006
Bob and Roberta Smith: help build the ruins of democracy (DVD), 2005
Make your own damn art;forward by Horst Griese interview by Matthew Collings, 2004
A is for book: a colouring in book, 2001