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The Money $how

At Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 10 April-10 August 2021. The Exhibition takes guests on a tour of late-stage capitalism. Each artist in the exhibition uses collage to unpack ideas about money and its influence on our culture. Artworks speak about Black wealth, immigrant remittances, and how mid-20th century advertising informs present-day attitudes. Artists collage dollar bills into flowers and mine material remnants to tell stories about home economics. MORE

OPENING EVENT
Co-curators Frank Juarez, the publisher of Artdose Magazine, and Ric Kasini Kadour, the editor of Kolaj Magazine will host an opening talk on Saturday, April 17, 2020, 5:30-6:30PM CDT. DETAILS


COLLAGE ON VIEW

Constellation

At LHQ Gallery in Cork, Ireland through 31 December 2021. "Constellation” features collagist Carol Reid White and miniature painter Amna Walayat. Through their work, the Cork-based artists explore and interrogate history and its related iconography, allegories and metaphors through fragmentation and re-contextualising. The artists then create new constellations through painting and collage. These images, layered with historical connotation in eastern and western subjects, articulate new meanings and generate a fresh dialogue with its viewer to recall their own personal experiences and knowledge of history. The artworks create a visual tension between naïve images which are loaded with critical, ironic, social and political commentaries on history. MORE

FROM THE ARTIST DIRECTORY

Propensity for Sentimentality

Tucson, Arizona, USA. Laura Tanner examines the consequences of American colonialism and addresses the sense of white, patriarchal fragility that continues to pervade Western culture. Hand-cut lace patterns and images layer and fold over specific vignettes, concealing the drawing underneath in order to reveal alternative narratives. By borrowing directly from the decorative arts, the meticulously hand-cut Mylar and equally intricate drawing capitalizes on America’s propensity for sentimentality. MORE


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Leftovers and Cutouts!

Kosmo Nauty invites artists from around the world to journey through imagination and experimentation. She is creating and mailing collage packs filled with random leftovers and cutouts made especially for World Collage Day. MORE

WORLD COLLAGE DAY
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, USA

Postcards from the Edge

The Northwest Collage Society in conjunction with the Everett Public Library will be celebrating World Collage Day by hosting a live and interactive online workshop where John Arbuckle will lead participants in creating their own collage postcards using recycled materials. A limited number of free supply kits will be available for pickup from the Everett Public Library. Sign-ups for kits will begin in April and are open to adults and children alike. MORE


FROM THE ARTIST DIRECTORY

Other-worldly Concerns

Lewes, Delaware, USA. A focus on other-worldly concerns developed as a synergy from Felicia Belair-Rigdon's early childhood experiences: The Church, the theater, and the drama of the auction house. Bringing together disparate imagery of art historical references: angels, skydivers, bones, or twigs, for instance. The surface is worked over with diverse materials including gouache, oil pastels, and bole unifying and developing a painterly approach to paper. MORE


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World Collage Day 2021 Special Edition

In honour of World Collage Day, May 8, 2021, Kolaj Magazine is releasing a special edition of the magazine. The Special Edition is full of Cut-Out Pages and stories from inspiring collage artists. The World Collage Day 2021 Special Edition includes a booklet, a World Collage Day 2021 poster and a pack of 8 postcards featuring the work of Red Collage. MORE

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Our goal with every issue is that Kolaj Magazine is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of contemporary collage in art, culture, and society. We not only hope you enjoy the articles and images in Kolaj #31, we hope it leads you to asking great questions.

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Kolaj #31

If Kolaj #31 has an overarching theme, it would be about how artists are pulling from the past to speak to the now. We swim in a stream of ideas, some of which come at us so quick and hard that we rarely have a chance to consider where they come from…or where they are going. What ever happened to those stolen collages? Why do we think these things about some people but not others? Why can’t we name five scientists who are women? What is my place in the art world? How do I speak to my community? These are deep, critical questions that artists are trying to make sense of for themselves and for the people around them. It is exciting to tell their stories. Learning about them, what they did, how they work makes us better artists, writers, and, hopefully, better people. Collage is powerful magic. MORE


COLLAGE BOOK

Unfamiliar Vegetables: Variations in Collage

Unfamiliar Vegetables is a collection of collage where each of the fifty artists interpreted, in their own way, Carlotta Bonnecaze’s 1892 Carnival float design Familiar Vegetables. Project organizer Christopher Kurts observed, “Unfamiliar Vegetables is an experiment in controlled chaos….tiny variations within each artist’s creative sphere accumulate until the outcomes are as unique as the people creating them.” MORE

COLLAGE COMMUNITIES

The International Directory of Collage Communities 

The 104-page book is a survey of collage networks, guilds, communities, and projects as well as online efforts and groups focused on collage research. For each community, the directory presents their key activities, mission, how to join, and a bit of their history. Copious images illustrate the book. MORE


BOOK

Radical Reimaginings

The curators of the 96-page book invited artists who use collage in their practice to put forward a work of art that offers a visual narrative that speaks to the unprecedented change unfolding in 2020. An essay by Ric Kasini Kadour reflects upon collage's unique ability to imagine new realities. Forty artists from nine countries and multiple Indigenous peoples—Salish-Kootenai/Métis-Cree/Sho-Ban, Tlingit/Nisga’a, Oglala/Lakota, and Seneca Nation—offer a variety of perspectives. The voices of Black, Latinx, Native, and white Americans mingle with those from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Canada, France, and Germany. Artwork is accompanied by a statement in which the artists describe how they want to reimagine the world. MORE

BOOK

Collage Magic
by Emma Anna

Part autobiography, part fantasy, Emma Anna’s vision of The New Old World (aka The NOW) fuses vintage ephemera with modern imaging technologies. Emma shapes this strange world by using the pen tool from Adobe Photoshop as her magic wand, in the process declaring herself to be a “collage magician”. Part artist book, part document of art making, Collage Magic, from La Casa Verde Editions, is Emma Anna’s journey through magic and art. MORE


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Revolutionary Paths

When the collage is presented in exhibition, it is often done so without the critical framework granted other mediums. In "Revolutionary Paths: Critical Issues in Collage", exhibition curator Ric Kasini Kadour presents examples of collage that represent various aspects and takes on the medium. Each work in the exhibition represents the potential for deeper inquiry and further curatorial exploration of the medium. MORE

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Cultural Deconstructions

Collage is unique as a medium in that it uses as its material artifacts from the world itself. To harvest those fragments, the artist must first deconstruct culture; they must select, cut, and remove the elements they do not wish to use and then reconstruct work that tells a new story. In "Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage", exhibition curator Ric Kasini Kadour presents examples of collage artists who are deconstructing identity as a way to critique culture. MORE

Our goal with every issue is that Kolaj Magazine is essential reading for anyone interested in the role of contemporary collage in art, culture, and society. Each issue of Kolaj Magazine is dedicated to reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. We are interested in collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement.

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Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. We are interested in collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini. Visit Kolaj Magazine online.

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The mission of Kolaj Institute is to support artists, curators, and writers who seek to study, document, & disseminate ideas that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century movement. We operate a number of initiatives meant to bring together community, investigate critical issues, and raise collage’s standing in the art world.

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