THE WEEKENDER 21 | 2023
Collage News & Inspiration
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing you can create.”
― Chuck Palahniuk
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The Congressman got hundreds of bandannas from supporters while being treated for cancer. Some are now in a collage—a gift for his wife - A Maryland Artist Turned Jamie Raskin’s Bandannas Into a Collage - via Washingtonian
For young artists in Hong Kong, carving out a full-time career can be a struggle. Many juggle more than one job to keep their creative dreams alive. Ling Pui-sze is one of them. The experimental ink painter and collage artist reconstructs biological images of cells and water in her organic abstractions. “I work part-time in art galleries so I can learn how a gallery is run and how I can present my artworks,” she says - Hong Kong non-profit Artecal, which supports young artists in the city, holds new exhibition Confluence of Voices - via SCMP
Over these years, Yellin’s artistic star rose, too, on the strength of his life-size sculptures containing layers of multimedia collage and paint, offering up fantastical visions trapped in glass or acrylic. These eye-dazzling works shift from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, depending on the viewer’s position. In his most famous series, “Psychogeopraphies,” these collages take the shape of human figures, seemingly exploding with lush imagery often drawn from the natural world - How Dustin Yellin, Master of Universes, Oversees a Primordial Soup of Creativity at His Red Hook, Brooklyn, Hub - via Artnet
One of the largest retrospectives of work by the late gay artist, who died in 2015, Ellsworth Kelly at 100 features 70 works on display, ranging from drawings and paintings to sculptures, collages to photography - Ellsworth Kelly At The Glenstone Museum - via Metro Weekly
At Wimbledon, Boty received a traditional artistic training. She stood out as one of the strongest students and became interested in collage as a medium. Boty would have preferred to study painting, but was pushed to concentrate in stained-glass. This was part of a larger trend for female art students to be pushed towards “craft” mediums like fibre arts and pottery, and away from more celebrated mediums like painting and sculpture. While Boty received numerous honours for her work in stained-glass, she continued to paint during her free-time - Is Anyone Looking for the Lost Art of Britain’s Founding Pop Artist? - via Messy Nessy
PCC: A selection of challenge submissions from last week is up on our website and can be seen here, the image prompt for next week is available to download here
FROM THE ARTIST DIRECTORY - OLD & NEW
Aryana B. Londir
As an artist, I have been fortunate to create meaningful work in various media. For me, if my work doesn’t have a solid foundation and contributes to the world, it has no meaning. I have explored socio/political issues, primarily overcrowding and overpopulation.
As I progress in my life, looking deeper becomes more meaningful. How I have evolved as a being is measurable in my connection to the earth, its beings, the decisions I make, my relationships and the roads I travel.
My work centers on balance, harmony and the integration of contradiction/contrast and the opposition of themes, color and form.
Since moving to the US, I started wandering around at the flea markets and collecting old illustration medical books mainly, and I ended up collecting all kinds of books, vintage photos and small treasures. It has been a way for me to be connected to my new country and home through new imagery.
Small ephemeras and old papers speak a lot and they speak loudly. Moving to another country surely did shape my creativity. I started experimenting with these papers and photos. My process becomes an appropriation of these objects by cutting, covering, hiding, (re)assembling in the manner of a palimpsest. The collages evolve and change depending on the material found and available. Selecting an image, cutting a piece of paper and using paper cuts to create another image with a different meaning is a way to be in touch with the world around me. Collaging opens a new perspective of my identity by simultaneously confronting collective memories and individual consciousness. It has been a dialogue with my uncertainty and ultimately connection with the outside world.
The entire world is a source of my collages; its shapes, its colors, and its chaotic rhythm. I gather all kind of papers as well as pictures from magazines, newspapers, postcards, and flyers, because something in them attracted me. My studio is full of material and every new piece I make adds to these resources. My collages are built in a way that shapes and colors dialogue with each other in a dynamic way, playing with frames inside the bigger frame. Often this leads to a series. I love series. I like to create different images on the same theme. I like experimenting with all kinds of material but since I discovered Beatrice Coron’s work, I have become fond of using black silhouette paper cutouts because they pop out and give more depth to the images. I am always thinking of the next collage. Collages fill up my apartment, but I cannot stop and I won't stop.
Punk gave birth to an art movement that was little appreciated at the time, but soon became influential around the globe. It revolutionized design in ways whose influence is still felt today, and reflected the consciousness of a counterculture with a clarity seldom seen since. From the first 1976 “Ripped and Torn”, “Sniffin’ Glue”or “Ratdraaierszzz” magazines we’ve moved on a long way from the dodgy typewriters, the cutting knives , the tubes of glue and black and white stencil machines. And still it’s not over yet: Art is a powerful tool. That’s why the underground should never hit the surface.
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