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Posts tagged "collage"
Jul 06, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
One of 164 collages created by special effects pioneer Norman Dawn
Dawn was a relatively obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer. He worked with many important film pioneers including Mack Sennett, Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, and Erich von Stroheim. The Dawn collection consists of 164 display cards that illustrate over 230 of the 861 special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies.
Constructed personally from his own field notebooks and methodical records, the cards contain original oil, watercolor, pencil, and ink sketches used to sell the effects to skeptical film executives and directors; production and personal photographs; detailed camera records; film clips and frame enlargements; movie reviews, advertisements, and other trade press clippings; explanatory texts and recent sketches to illustrate his methods; and pages from an unpublished autobiography.
The entire collection is now available online.
Aug 12, 2013
“If you use a razor blade and glue, you can suddenly change the world.”
Terrific 15-minute documentary of collage artist and my personal hero, Winston Smith, and his collaborator, Jello Biafra, about the origins of their work.
When he saw the Dada-esque posters of punk bands popping up all around San Francisco, Winston Smith started making flyers for fake bands—pretty soon real bands showed up and wanted him to do flyers for them. ("Fake it ‘til you make it!”)
After seeing Winston’s piece with jesus on a cross of dollar bills, Jello Biafra said, “That’s one of the best record covers I’ve ever seen in my life. Now I gotta go make the record.”
The Dead Kennedys logo started out with Winston playing around with toothpicks. (You only need four to make it.)
Watch more in the “Art of Punk” series. (thx, @pencilvspixel)
Jun 09, 2013
Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe
The team’s landscape photographs are based on the practice of rephotography, in which they identify sites of historic photographs and make new photographs of those precise locations. Klett and Wolfe referenced a wealth of images of the canyon, ranging from historical photographs and drawings by William Bell and William Henry Holmes, to well-known artworks by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and from souvenir postcards to contemporary digital images drawn from Flickr. The pair then employed digital postproduction methods to bring the original images into dialogue with their own.
Website with more images, here.
See also: Historypin & Hockney’s joiners
Filed under: photography
(Source: darksilenceinsuburbia, via bryanwaterman)
Jan 30, 2013
I used to want to make poems as though poetry or even speech hadn’t existed before me. Now I work at the other end of the spectrum, making poems mostly out of what already exists, and somehow finding that fresher. More mysterious.
— Peter Cole, from “The Invention of Influence: A Notebook,” in Poetry
. (via ecantwell
Dec 27, 2012
Dec 14, 2012
The collage art of Louis Armstrong
When not pressing the valves on his trumpet or the record button on his tape recorder, Armstrong’s fingers found other arts with which to occupy themselves. One of them was collage, which became a visual outlet for his improvisational genius. The story goes that he did a series of collages on paper and tacked them up on the wall of his den, but Lucille, who had supervised the purchase and interior decoration of their house in Corona, Queens, objected. Armstrong decided to use his extensive library of tapes as a canvas instead, and the result is a collection of some five hundred decorated reel-to-reel boxes, one thousand collages counting front and back.
Filed under: collage
Nov 15, 2012
Writing by hand… does it ring a bell? Does it ring and ring? (Image by Lynda Barry)
How soft the music of those village bells,
Falling at interval upon the ear
In cadence sweet; now dying all away,
Now pealing loud again, and louder still,
Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on!
With easy force it opens all the cells
Where Memory slept.
— William Cowper- Task (bk. VI, l. 6)
Source … and other source
Filed under: handwriting
Nov 01, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
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