OM.2012.110 - Christian Gastaldi - France - collage with street posters
Of flesh and blood
Opened by scars
The inner fluids
Thrown on the wall
As if calling
For a last gasp.
If one of the brightest facets
Of beauty was
Rhythm of a sentence.
Of surpassing balance.
OM.2012.107 - Richard Misiano-Genovese - USA - Woman-Feathers
The first thing that comes to mind here is the moment I discovered fire; not in the sense of when as a child I
marveled at the bright flickering flames, or the heat radiating outwards but when playing with a bit of drawing and then touching the paper here and there with the lit match so that the paper would be blackened from the soot, or singed from the heat, and then openly burned. It was more in the discovery that the fascination and excitement that fire seems to hold over children fades with maturity.
I found that I was able to reach deep into my own psyche, and find the remnants of the fascination that playing
with fire held for me. Animals instinctively fear smoke and flames and will flee at the mere presence of fire, but humans are a strange lot. Fire appeals to our emotive levels if not our intellectual ones. My balancing act of burning my drawings, or rather burning with my drawings, was an attempt to explore unfamiliar territory, or at least less familiar than fading memories of my childhood fascination with fire, like most other children.
It is with these assemblages I played with fire.
The act of burning paper, allowing the heat and flames to consume the pulpy substance, with minimal control over the end results, is further excited by the anticipation of how this very automatic writing in smoke and flame will proceed to consume and literally re-compose an artwork as it decomposes it as well. When in the process of drawing some ideas that spill out from the subconscious regions of the mind, there is no real sense of anticipation as to what shall transpire next when flame is put to paper. The act of burning reduces too, the “preciousness” of the drawing by relegating it to the flames. The attachment of the offending matches becomes the protagonist in this drama play. Action art, the quest for truth and reason but in the end a destructive force which reduces itself to a state of grace upon further examination. It is in this mixture of proposing an idea in pencil or ink as an image, with a bit of facile attention to the materials, and then assailed by the natural force of chemistry, nature’s gifts manipulated by man into the most primal technology: fire.
OM.2012.106 Lis Gundlach-Sell - “Fragile” 2012, Assemblage, h 26,3cm x w 20,5cm,
Standing or hanging, tiny or enormous, two- or three dimensional, simple or complex, made out of all sorts of paper or materials - gratis, cheap or expensive - rubbish, found objects, everyday objects - sometimes in combination with drawing, painting, sculpture and/or photo…… crazy, amusing, beautiful, abstract, extraordinary, subtle, cubistic, surrealistic, Dadaistic, Neo-Dadaistic, Fluxus, Pop-art, constructivist, aesthetic, ironical, psychological, philosophic, daring, romantic, expressionist, classic, anarchist, humorous, literary, baroque, theoretical, formalistic, lively, religious, conceptual, ugly, lyrical, poetic, prosaic, sad, elegant, sublime, critical of society, concrete, charming, desperate, depressed, aristocratic, solemn, elegiac, fancy, spiritual, serious, revolutionary, spherical, fantastic…...
I think what characterizes collage, assemblage and constructive art is this overwhelming variety and the endless amount of possibilities, enough for everybody forever. The future will create new artists making art in a way we cannot imagine today. It is impossible to know but I do believe that because of the enormous qualities and possibilities collage, assemblage and constructive art will still be a form of art making for future generations.
OM.2012.105 - Alison Wells - USA Title: The City is Killing Me"
Medium: Acrylic, oil and paper collage on paper Size: 10"x8" Year: 2006
Statement for Collage/Assemblage Centennial 1912-2012
I consider collage to be a fascinating and intriguing art form. The process of collage
involves an intimate and hands-on involvement with the medium and thus gives it a very
tactile feel. I particularly enjoy layering and piecing together of various materials to bring
an idea and concept alive giving it incredible charm and vitality.
In contemporary art Collage is a popular and highly valued art form. The artist possesses
the freedom to manipulate the medium in a variety of manners with out feeling restricted
into certain structured rules that other mediums may demand. The Art form is flexible
and varied because there is such a variety and wide range of collage materials that exist.
It is also a wonderful and versatile medium used by both beginning and experienced
artists alike and I particularly enjoy it because of its never ending possibilities for
exploration and experimentation.