Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Art Of Collage: Northern Kentucky University

Originating from the wildly successful publication MASTERS: COLLAGE, a monster book surveying contemporary collage works, the Northern Kentucky University art galleries, directed by David Knight, put on the exhibition, The Art of Collage (August - September 2010).

Featured are two series of mine, The Storm Warning collage works from 2005 and Twinkies, from 2004/05.

There are in each series, two distinct collage approaches.  In the Storm Warning group, above, a central figure is dominant with text via stencil and paint.  The Twinkies pair mimics the "all over" concept with tiny bits of 1950s/1960s cartoon figures dropped at random on a wet glue canvas surface, sanded down to a smooth surface and then bleached to remove a good part of the color.

I have made nearly 100 of these "all over" collage works, each one a time-consuming experiment in color and "readability." From a distance they seem like color squares or rectangles, while up close the bits of words in French, Italian, English and sometimes German, tell an entire story from a 1960s comic book. But the reading is tough going, as the words are cut and torn, and sanded down to their bones.

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These works are available.  For price inquiries, please send an email.

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