Mining the Ruins

Andrea Burgay at the Olive DeLuce Gallery at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, USA through 15 November 2019. The works in this exhibition evoke corroded objects, accumulated piles, forgotten things left to decay. Some are forms spilling out into space, others are composed, enclosed, keeping some of their secrets behind the surface. One can imagine these objects taking on lives of their own, the neglected memories and ignored histories pouring out of them and mixing—growing and deteriorating at the same time. Either documents of the past or reimagined fictions, these objects no longer communicate what they once did, but now explore the realms of remembrance and projection, nostalgia and evolution. MORE


Elementary Particles

An International Collage Exhibition at the Frauen Museum in Wiesbaden, Germany through 19 January 2020. The exhibition features 13 international artists, their visions and their personal approach to collage. Curator Maria Elisa Quiaro writes, "The artists explore unusual aspects of reality beyond the cultural mainstream. Each artist has her own way of approaching collage, each of them creates unique works that are polarizing and spectacular. Their contrasting approaches reveal a universe of ideas. Collage is the place where the fragments and their infinite variety relate and produce their own reading code. The exhibition invites the viewer to expand their view of collage and discover its different facets." MORE


The Self Improvement Alphabet

by Matthew Rose from Redfoxpress (Ireland, 2019). An enthusiastic advocate of self-improvement through the reading of ABC books, Rose believes that word and image were happily shot-gun married at the earliest stages of human civilization. The 40-page, hardcover book is thread bound and comes in a small edition of 75. Rose is an American artist living and working in Paris, France. MORE


Printing One's Own Material

From Melbourne, Australia, Valentina Tansley writes, "My current work examines our throw-away culture one piece at a time and is physically created from this ideology. I consciously choose to work with specific discarded waste objects as the starting point of each piece. I carefully print these objects onto a predetermined mathematical selection of coloured paper, using a combination of relief printing techniques. The prints are then cut or torn, representing the subconscious destruction of beauty. The paper fragments are then reassembled and manipulated into controlled chaos. I strive to make art that is not only conceptually strong but also visually satisfying. I take pride in beautiful mark making and creating complex patterned works of art that captivate the observer. MORE


Making One's Own Materials

Alyson Champ writes, "Rather than relying on found materials, my practice involves the development of all my materials. My palette of colours is derived from handmade, coloured collage papers which are integral to my artistic practice. I make all my own coloured papers using diverse techniques and each one is unique. I use acrylic paint with processes such as spatter painting, glazing, wax or alcohol resist, scratching, stamping, and monotype printing. I may use only one technique per paper or several." MORE


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Kolaj #26

Jack & Jane Do It All Right by Jim Ford is on the cover. | KAOS Returns to Slovenia | Unfoldingobject at Concord Center for the Visual Arts | Four Hundred Years of Collage at the National Gallery of Scotland | Collage on the Steps of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario | Immersive Materiality by Etty Yaniv | Mapping Back: Peter Dykhuis' Encaustic with Collage by Jane Affleck | Before It’s An Uncollage by Todd Bartel | Thieves in the Temple: Robyn Redish and the Stolen Painting Instagram by Dillon Raborn | Truth • Will • Art: John Heartfield's Political Art by John J Heartfield | An Urban Capharnaum: Usine 106u Gallery in Montreal, Quebec by Virginie Maltais | A Cut-Out Page, Artist Porfolios & more. READ MORE


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


Cultural Decontructions

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

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