Sunday, July 29, 2012

OM.2012.171 - Pedro Bericat - Spain

OM.2012.171 - Pedro Bericat - Spain - postcard collage

Friday, July 27, 2012

OM.2012.168-169 - Paulo Barros - Portugal

 OM.2012.168 - Paulo Barros - Portugal - 3-D paper construction - 6.5 x 6.5 inches
 OM.2012.168 - Paulo Barros - Portugal - 3-D paper construction  - 6.5 x 6.5 inches

OM.2012.165-167 - Ursula Hudson - USA

 OM.2012.165 - Ursula Hudson - USA - collage in paper - 6.25 x 4.25

  OM.2012.166 - Ursula Hudson - USA - collage in paper - 6.25 x 4.25

 OM.2012.167 - Ursula Hudson - USA - collage in paper - 6.25 x 4.25

OM.2012.163 and 164 - Lily Hudson - USA

 OM.2012.163 - Lily Hudson - USA - collage - 5 x 4.5 inches

OM.2012.164 - Lily Hudson - USA - collage - 6 x 4.5 inches

OM.2012.162 - Chris Haas - USA

OM.2012.162 - Chris Haas - USA - collage on paper - 6.5 x 6.5 inches

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

OM.2012.159-160 - Kareem Rizk - Australia

 OM.2012.159 - Kareem Rizk - Australia - Bright Red - 2008 - collage on canvas - 14x11 inches

 OM.2012.160 - Kareem Rizk - Australia - Suit #2 - 2008 - collage on canvas - 10x8 inches

Statement on Collage
For me, collage is very much about collecting. The ritual of collecting is sometimes the most enjoyable part of
the process. I think every collage artist is a collector - whether they collect tactile materials or whether they
collect ideas and references in their mind. I feel that the act of collecting becomes a very necessary part of the process.
I collect many kinds of paper, images, ephemera, magazines, books, textures, typography, patterns and all
forms of design elements including lines, dots, shapes and ornamental/decorative graphics. Whenever I find an old press publication, an old image or an old discarded piece of coloured paper I am almost always thinking about how it could be used in a different context in my art. It’s an opportunity to make something new and intriguing which didn’t exist before and often from scraps and salvaged materials.
The act of piecing together a collage for me has a lot to do with intuition and spontaneity, but it can also be
very meditative. For many collagists who do not sketch or design a composition, the final result is entirely
dependent on what moves are made during the construction of the artwork. I feel that allowing your intuition
and allowing for a certain level of spontaneity to take its course is something that comes very naturally when it comes to working with a medium that is very changeable.
I’ve been making collage and mixed media art for nearly 7 years. When I first began making art it was simply a creative outlet and a relief from my job in corporate design. I never imagined that one day I would be pursuing a career in a field that I was never officially trained to do. But for me it made perfectly good sense. I don’t believe that a person needs to be trained to be a good collage artist. In fact, there are many aspects of good collage making that I believe cannot be taught – but only experienced or felt. I believe it’s something that comes from within.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

OM.2012.158 - Launa Romoff - California, USA

OM.2012.158 - Launa Romoff - collage - 7x10 inches
 I find my material everywhere, because, by working in this medium, I believe you learn to “see” the beauty of the discarded and turn it into “art”.

  I present my reality in two different manifestations. They are either internal, elusive, suggestive or external, dynamic and engaging. They reflect my duality, which encompasses both.

OM.2012.157 - Dennis Parlante - California, USA

OM.2012.157 - Dennis Parlante - 7 Avril 1960 - collage on paper - 10.5 x 8.75 inches

OM.2012.156 - Jen Tsui - USA

OM.2012.156 - Jen Tsui - USA - collage - 2012 - 20x16 inches

OM.2012.155 - Mitsuko Brooks - New York, USA

OM.2012.155 - Mitsuko Brooks
Title: this song is dedicated to all the late bloomers and old souls
Dimensions: 6 1/3" x 9 3/4
Date: 2012
Materials: Discarded book cover, paper, gouache, typewriter

My collages express my thoughts on the ambiguity of my ethnicity and female body, and my opinions on the looming, sexual status of the female other.

In these works I am coming to terms with the white female sexuality and/or hierarchy [with the contradiction of my own white and non-white lineage as a backdrop], which is depicted in mainstream western media. 

OM.2012.154 - Melanie Gaskins - USA

OM.2012.154 - Melanie Gaskins - Awaken - 2012 - Medium: Acrylic, Charcoal, Oil, and Watercolor collage on 9 canvases

Collage offers artists a means to express themselves in multiple mediums. Some
artist’s use their artwork to make statements or send a message to those who
view their work.

Through collage I have been able to express my vision of a novel I hold dear to my
heart “Awaken – The Healing of Virtue”.

This is no ordinary book. It has elements of Action and Adventure, Science
Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance. The concept stems from my desire to empower
women, try to change the perception of how women are perceived and valued,
bring attention to a struggling city in rural Pennsylvania and its schools, hopefully
increase tourism, and allow me to give back to my community.

Short Forward

An unknown world has revealed itself to Cayenne Ashley, a beautiful twenty-
three year old graduate student. She is about to emerge into it. But, before she
opens her eyes to see its true wonder, she thinks to herself; “Who would believe
what I am about to witness?” More importantly, after seeing and understanding
this new world; “Who would follow me on this journey?”

OM.2012.153 - Theophilus Brown - California, USA

OM.2012.153 - Theophilus Brown - gift of Matt Gonzalez - collage and acrylic on paper

OM.2012.150 - Larry Strong - California, USA

OM.2012.150 - Larry Strong - Specification - collage on paper

OM.2012.151-152 - Matt Gonzalez - California, USA

 OM.2012.151 - Matt Gonzalez - 08.February.2012 - collage on paper
OM.2012.152 - Matt Gonzalez - 08.January.2012 - collage on paper

OM.2012.148-149 - Karen Imperial - California, USA

 OM.2012.148 - Karen Imperial - P3- collage on paper

OM.2012.149 - Karen Imperial - Black and Blue - collage on paper

OM.2012.147 - Matt Gonzalez - California, USA

OM.2012.147 - Matt Gonzalez - 10 April, 2011 - collage on paper

OM.2012.146 - Fallon Wrede - New Mexico, USA

OM.2012.146 - Fallon Wrede - Invisible Girl - 2012 - collage on paper

OM.2012.145 - Dashiell Wrede - New Mexico USA

OM.2012.145 - Dashiell Wrede - Flying Car - collage on paper - 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

OM.2012.144 - Andrew Topel - USA

OM.2012.144 - Andrew Topel - Florida, USA - 'X' - collage on canvas - 20x16 inches

OM.2012.143 - John Andrew Dixon - Kentucky, USA

OM.2012.143 - John Andrew Dixon - Kentucky, USA
According to Matthew
Collage on Bristol
(also see OM.2012.081-83)

OM.2012.142 - Maria De Lourdes Rabello Villares - Brazil

OM.2012.142 - Maria De Lourdes Rabello Villares - Brazil - FRAGMENTS  - Arquivo de Obra Fragmentos - hand made book

OM.2012.141 - Claudia Drake - USA

OM.2012.141 - Claudia.Drake - The Hermit - Medium: Collage Print, Digital
Year: 2010 -  Size: 8” x 12”, (14” x 18” framed)

om.2012.140 - Jo Murray - Australia

om.2012.140 - Jo Murray - Australia
“RUST“ - 5” x 7” mounted on watercolour paper 8” x 10”
handmade, printed, and painted papers, rusted iron washer.

Collage has always been of interest to me since I first saw Picasso’s works when I was in Art School. The simplicity of shapes, combined with simple line, got to the essence of a subject in a way realist painting can’t.
Since then, as I’ve progressed through various media in my own art journey, this notion has become more embedded in my way of thinking. 
While it may be regarded as ‘contemporary’, collage is really not so modern. It has been around in some form since the invention of paper. Making it ‘modern’ though is the incorporation of contemporary materials such as plastic, or acrylics, and components of our high tech age.
To be able to add such personal things as the ephemera of daily life, tickets, old rusty stuff, bits of previous paintings, gives truth to the work and adds a real connection to the artist. In this way collage will continue to have its place in modern art. 

OM.2012.138-139 - Donna Merry - USA

  OM.2012.138 - Donna Merry - USA - collage - 8x10 inches - 2012

 OM.2012.139 - Donna Merry - USA - collage - 8x10 inches - 2012
I am an artist that has recently discovered the art medium of collage.  A pad of various colored papers spoke the word ‘create’.  So I sat down, selected papers and began to compose a landscape, because that is what the colors before me suggested.  As I tore and moved strips of paper around, the vistas of the American Southwest appeared, and I was pleased.  Many vacations, as a child, were spent in and around the desert regions and it was a delightful experience to remember the moonrise above the low mountains in Arizona and the sunrise above the Colorado River.  I will do more collage, as it is a calming respite from an otherwise hectic day and I will be looking at every piece of paper that enters my house in an entirely new way!   It is a new way to recall dreams, daydream, make sense (or nonsense) of the present and future. 
            Collage and assemblage have previously been terms that describe what other artists do with scraps and leftover bits.  Now, having completed a few collage pieces, I truly appreciate the construction process and the thought behind it.   And it is so nice to be able to edit and rearrange the piece as it evolves instead of trying to cope with and adjust the more rigid mediums I have worked with in the past. 

OM.2012.134-137 - Thomas Terceira - USA

 OM.2012.134 - Thomas Terceira - USA - You've Got Us Wrong Pal - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
   OM.2012.135 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Oh! - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
 OM.2012.136 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Actions de Graces - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
OM.2012.137 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Carrie S.C. - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches

OM.2012.132 - Keith Buchholz - Missouri, USA

OM.2012.132 - Keith Buchholz - Missouri, USA - collage with digital elements - ii x 8.5 inches

om.2012.133 - Frantichams Assembling Box #17 - International

OM.2012.131 - Nicole Opiela - Florida, USA

om.2012.131 - Nicole Opiela - Florida, USA- digital collage - 5x7 inches

Description: small inkjet print of cutup prints in water with multiple textures, pieces of a human body that resemble inkjet paper.

Statement: In today’s world of advertising and insta culture, I think assemblage and collage become an everyday stream of the images I see throughout my day. I am readily influenced by all the cultural signs from E-advertising to logos on every street corner, which has been something I grew up. I don’t remember not using a computer. I think assemblage helps me reorder my life. I like cutting up images and placing them in water thinking about assembling a new image based on my thoughts about culture, the female figure, and the freedom and its association with the body and water. This is inspired by my faith, culture, and Midwestern upbringing. I think it is an assemblage of my life.­

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Anja Christine Roß - Torstr., Berlin Germany

Fluxus on the light lamps next to each other of Torstr., Berlin, 2012.

Anja Christine Roß arranged a walk up to Torstr., Berlin 
and was practising to bow her body during standing in front of a light lamp. 
She practised this twice in front of two similar light lamps, 
in front of an entry on June 18, 2012. 
No one of the Fluxus friends joined this happening.  
This happening was quite spontaneous as she is.
Anja Christine Roß is part of the cast but unvisible.
Music: Original sound, Anja Christine Roß
MVI Author: Anja Christine Roß