For my final year art project, Copy Paste, I turned to my old love affair with the collage technique using cuts from high fashion magazines completed with painting details. The project focuses on a hurried shallowness and a scattered aesthetic, using glossy tag lines and decaying symbols of our society to underline the effect and power of an ever expanding imagery.
Netherlands-based artist Haniedan uses layers of vintage pin-up girls, currency, posters, typography and icons to create ornate and nostalgic compositions. However, underneath the faded glamour lies a message about the brutality of this objectification of the female form, hinting at the sinister side of this supposed flawless and glamorous lifestyle presented in the seductive poses of the scantily clad girls.
Over the past several years Dave Kinsey’s work has evolved dramatically. I’m a big fan of his newest work, exhibiting at Fecal Face Gallery, which combines the use of collage with what appears to be an exploration of shape and form. Characters melting, and literally breaking down into the space isn’t necessarily a new venture from him. Typically socially conscious, and investigating themes of the human condition, it’s interesting to see Kinsey’s shift to more of a process-oriented exploration over the years.
Shinro Ohtake is a painter, collagist and sculptor. He is well known for creating works out of rubbish (or rather, various objects that resemble rubbish), which he picks up here and there. Among the various objects he collects are a large number of photographs. You will be amazed by the vast scale of his works.
Marcus Oakley was asked to draw an artwork about London. In his own interpretation of the city, we can discover a classic London twisted in a new school collage style. For only 12 euros, the 50x70cm poster printed on art paper 170g/m2 is available at Human Empire. Sounds like London is calling.
I admire how Chilean artist Jose Rimussi brings new life to vintage photos. Who knew those needles and threads laying around at home could create such lovely art pieces when combined with vintage photos?
‘It needs a flight of fancy to make a good picture turn bad’. That was my thought when I saw my little nephew ripping out cartoon stickers from his album. Then I started to ruin some pop culture icons by reshaping them into a digital collage. That’s how the series How I Destroy A Mith come about.
Combining both stencil and collage techniques, PaperMonster’s work is truly one of a kind. When first looking at his work, there appears to be a single image of a woman expressing a certain emotion. Take a closer look and you will see all the chaos beneath the surface.
I woke up early yesterday to go see the fantastic Gilbert and George show at the Brooklyn Museum before its closing on Sunday. You may have seen their work in art history books. Sure the prints look good, but you really have to experience their monumentally sized photo collages in person while you still can.