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Posts tagged "collage"
Aug 12, 2014
A homage to Gerren’s home state of Louisiana, meet the latest creature in our collage series, the Gator. Available as 5”x7” and 8”x10” archival prints.
Couldn’t help myself. Had to add a bit of swamp to the woodland creature series.
This is great.
Aug 11, 2014
Ray Johnson, NOT NOTHING: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994
Because Johnson’s mail art is epistolary, and likely considered more of a reading than a looking experience, its visibility in museums is fairly low, which makes the arrival of “Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson, 1954-1994,” from Siglio Press, a real boon. But more than filling a gap, the book crackles with intellectual energy, with enough drawings and mini-collages embedded in its reproduced texts to hold even a nonreader’s attention. Most important, it fills out the picture of what and who Johnson was: a brilliant, uncontainable polymath, an artist-poet, the genuine item.
Born in working-class Detroit in 1927, he was turning out elaborately illustrated letters to friends even in high school. From 1945 to 1948, he studied abstract painting with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in Asheville, N.C. There he met John Cage, who nudged his interest in Zen Buddhism, and the sculptor Richard Lippold, who became his lover. By 1949, Johnson was in New York City. Slight, bright and wired, he networked through the art world; Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol became his friends.
Thanks to Roberto Greco, who has a great tag of Ray Johnson posts on his Tumblr. See also: The Ray Johnson Estate Tumblr
Aug 06, 2014
“His recollection of an abandoned prospector’s shack, which he discovered as child, aptly describes his own studio: ‘a little palace assembled from … almost any type of found object you can imagine.’”
Remembering artist and collagist Jess, who was born today in 1923.
Really amazing work. Do click through.
Filed under: collage
Aug 03, 2014
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
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