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A selection of curated collage series
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Kurt Schwitters : Collage

Kurt Schwitters : Collage | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
“I could see no reason why used tram tickets, bits of driftwood, buttons and old junk from attics and rubbish heaps should not serve well as materials for paintings; they suited the purpose just as well as factory-made paints… It is possible to cry out using bits of old rubbish, and that’s what I did, gluing and nailing them together.” Kurt Schwitters
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Christiane Feser : “Folds” Series (Photo Collage)

Christiane Feser : “Folds” Series (Photo Collage) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it

Folded landscapes, digitally arranged from an archive with photographs of thousands of folded ‘A4′ sheets.

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Cristian del Risco : ‘Solamente…’ Series (Artworks)

Cristian del Risco  :  ‘Solamente…’ Series (Artworks) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
Cristian del Risco says that he’s always taking new photographs, which he exposes and scans as part of his process, ultimately becoming part of his finished works It’s a lot of mixing and experimentation, he explains. “They are like a combination of graphic design with photography, there are some illustrations, but I tend to combine graphic design with photographs more, I also use old photographs.”
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Roy Arden : Collages

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Over the last decade Arden has widened his artistic practice to include collages, videos, paintings, sculpture and web-based projects. However, even though his working practice is becoming more diverse, certain themes continue to run though his work. These are history, modernity and the archive. Arden has created his own immense archive of images, that he has collected from newspapers, magazines and the internet that he continually uses in his different series of works. Driven by a personal necessity, Arden delves into the trash heap of history for images that reveal something about how and why we arrived at our present predicament. Arden’s paper collages are intimate in scale and seem to channel the history of collage while entertaining various subjects through their kaleidoscope of cut and torn fragments. His digital collages are generally more orderly and speak of the need to archive and its attendant folly. Arden’s more recent paintings and drawings present singular images in a graphic style similar to early Pop Art but always with critical intent. 
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Michael Zelehoski : Mixed Media Assemblages (Artwork)

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My recent work involves the literal collapse of three-dimensional objects and structures into the picture plane. This simple gesture – which is basically just taking things apart and putting them back together flat – is at the heart of what we think of as two-dimensional, representational art. I’m just doing it in a very literal way and whereas the whole point of Magritte’s pipe was that it wasn’t. The whole point of these objects is that they are what they are.

I work almost exclusively with found, utilitarian objects such as shipping pallets and boxes. I deconstruct the objects, cutting them into sometimes hundreds of abstract fragments before reassembling the pieces two-dimensionally. The negative space is filled with carefully fitted pieces of wood, creating a solid plane in which the object is trapped in a parody of its former perspective. The object’s concreteness is in direct contrast to the spatial illusionism of its composition not to mention the perceived autonomy of the picture plane.

By unifying the picture plane and the spatial environment, I’m trying to reconcile the dichotomy between pictorial and physical space, art and object, sculpture and painting. Sculpture has been defined as a three-dimensional object in space. These are three-dimensional objects in two-dimensional space and although they find themselves trapped, unable to perform their original functions, they remain active and productive on the level of our experience. These objects, which have always been thought of as means to other ends, have become ends in themselves. – Artist Statement
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Cecil Touchon : ‘Nostalgic Regress’ – Fusion Series (Collage)

Cecil Touchon : ‘Nostalgic Regress’ – Fusion Series (Collage) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
I’m exploring the boundaries between art and poetry in these intimate papiers colles composed of bits of lettering and the empty spaces between. Stripped of literary meaning, they rely on composition, rhythm and visual movement to convey their meaning which is ambiguous and intuitive. These works are constructed from distressed street posters and billboards that have been edited into inlayed bits of printed matter creating passages that move from figure to ground and then reverse back to figure through gentle curves, irregular grids and subtle shading. Snippets of lettering almost become recognizable letters or perhaps proposals for a new poetic alphabet but always slip back into forms and spaces to create possibilities of enigmatic and open, simultaneously plausible interpretations.
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Leigh Wells : ‘Deception’ Series (Collages)

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Employing intricate references to cultural history, science, religion, and other social phenomena, Wells engages in a dialogue with the unknowable by reinterpreting source material culled from the past. These works which hinge on scaling, cutting, and sculptural placement of disparate elements, emphasize the boundaries of what is knowable and definable, pointing out the mysterious and multi-perspective nature of truth, reality and fiction. Her works on collage present objects and concepts connected with the scavenger hunt that comprises our inherited concepts of the past. She fastidiously examines figures and objects in the reproductions of photographs of sculptures, as well as stains found on scraps of paper, to mine the sometimes accidental artifacts of human experience. The concept of self-knowledge is obfuscated by the evident schism between the mind and body. We are challenged to consider the differences between flesh and stone, imprisonment and freedom, and the sometimes uncomfortable proximity of mystery to the circumscribed space of human relationships and identity. 
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Yang Yongliang : ‘Phantom Landscapes’ (Photo Collage)

Yang Yongliang : ‘Phantom Landscapes’ (Photo Collage) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
“In the first creation of Phantom Landscape I used ‘Mountain Water’ a symbolic element of China. This title includes two things literally: one is the City I live in, the other Mountain Water (meaning Landscape in Chinese). City is the place I inhabit, a place growing with me and which contains my memories. A mirage or Phantom (City) is a desired state or environment which I’ve only imagined. Mountain Water (Landscape), the imitation of the traditional art from my childhood as well as the art form that is disappearing with the city and I growing. The birth of Phantom Landscape doesn’t come up by accident.

City and Landscape, I love them and hate them at the same time. I love the familiarity of the city, more so to hate it growing too fast and invading everything around at an unexpected speed. I love the depth and inclusiveness of traditional Chinese Art, more so to hate its non-progress attitude. I have input this complex feeling to my blood and let it out to form my art work. Ancient Chinese expressed their appreciation of nature and feeling for it by painting the Landscape. In contrast, I make my Landscape to criticise the realities in my eyes. Phantom Landscape over the three series has gone through a progress from form to content, imitation to creation and a journey towards maturity through exploring. Slowly I have started to be able to clarify what I am saying through art.” Yang Yongliang
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Cristian Del Risco & Martin Fojtek : ‘Dreamless’ Series

Cristian Del Risco & Martin Fojtek : ‘Dreamless’ Series | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
These five portraits (giclée prints on canvas) were made by Martin Fojtek and then hand finished with acrylic paint by Cristian Del Risco, making each and every photograph a real original. Both artists worked independently on them with very little influence on each other. The final results are a very interesting combination of minimalistic black and white portraits (two Arabic, Belgian, Italian and Czech personalities, all with particular emotional expression) and colored acrylic ‘J.M.Basquiat’ style paintings.
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Christina Dimitriadis : ‘Familie Ende’ Series (Collage)

Christina Dimitriadis : ‘Familie Ende’ Series (Collage) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
END FAMILY is the inscription on a grave that Christina Dimitriadis photographed in a Berlin cemetery. The title of this extensive series of small-format canvases – collages,, all with a reduced palette, ironed onto them using t-shirt transfer film – is already a playful indication of its thematic range: at first glance, it is only a bizarre coincidence. One almost has to force oneself not to add the word “of” that is apparently missing between “End” and “Family”, until one realises it is only a matter of the family’s name. The artist plays with precisely this subtle ambivalence between the tragedy of private destiny on the one hand and the lapidary nature of everyday found objects and their aesthetics on the other. The individual motif develops into a poetic cipher of a very personal life; a self-reference on the basis of the real object. Things and situations are independent of the places where they can be found or take place. They question the unfamiliar and unmask the constant search for a reliable home. ~ Anne Haun
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Janet Malcolm : ‘Free Associations’ Series (Collages)

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“Last winter, I came into possession of the papers of an émigré psychiatrist who practiced in New York in the late 1940s and 1950s. The archive included a collection of manila envelopes, around six by ten inches, stuffed with folded sheets of thin paper covered with single-spaced typing: the notes the psychiatrist made after seeing patients in his office. As I studied the sheets with their inky typewriting and 60-year-old paper clips holding them together and leaving rust marks on the surface, my collagist’s imagination began to stir. I began to “see” some version of the collages on view here. The scraps of paper I collect are largely black and white (preferably yellowing white) and have an archaic and melancholy air about them. They hark back to the 19th century and its technological and scientific vernacular. The case studies, with their sad old appearance, were of a piece with this backward-looking aesthetic. Further, in their sometimes almost parodic Freudian interpretations, they summoned a period in psychiatry that is as remote from today’s practice as the manual typewriter is from the Macintosh computer. These collages arose—I’m not sure how—from this encounter with the past.” – Janet Malcolm.
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JP King : ‘Hobbies in the New Kingdom’ Series (Collage)

JP King : ‘Hobbies in the New Kingdom’ Series (Collage) | Collage is Cool... | Scoop.it
I work primarily in the mediums of collage, text, print-based multiples and occasionally with relational/installation-based projects. I focus heavily on story-telling techniques that attempt to unpack popular Canadian & American mythologies in whimsical and historically slippery ways. Seeing the collage original not as an end, but instead as a means to a final print, I often enlarge my works to make visible the delicacy of the paper and ink used in a specific era of source imagery. Through my digital process the original becomes an inexhaustible plate from which variable prints will be pulled.

In my collages, the grotesque and awkward gestures of the human body are emphasized through remixing body types, bits, features, and limbs, while seeking a beauty only found in discomfort. With nostalgia I hope to elicit unfolding family myths that can be recounted to a point of fiction. I use language as a painter uses a palette. I rely on absurdity to refrain from finger-pointing at what upsets me in the world. Humour becomes a practical device to deliver a softened sadness and emptiness that I know from wrestling with myself. In trying to understand my own masculinity, relationships, and fragmentary family unit, I’m carrying, and laying to rest, a few feelings around heroship and failure.
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Janet Jones : ‘Notations’ Series (Collages)

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“My series is called Notations, and reflects my love of letter forms and typography, of words and language, and a delight in the visual and tactile properties of old books and documents, especially those that are creased, stained and foxed. I’m interested in surface variations and the play of light on shiny areas contrasting with the velvety softness of old papers. In a larger sense, they’re about communication, nuance and layers of meaning. I’ve stencilled some letters in shiny etching ink, occasionally adding metal leaf, and printed letterpress ornaments and a Chinese character. Some papers have been prepared by pouring and splattering India ink. The tiny photographs are my mother at ages 20 months, 3 years, and 25. Other images are from dictionaries and old steel engravings.” ~ JJ
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