If it were possible to take photos while in our dreams, the snapshots might just look like the collages of the mysterious Villajavat. Creating random juxtapositions does not by default lend itself to success but these collages are not only successful, they’re cohesive and convincing.
New York-based artist Christian Marclay, who treads both sonic and visual art terrains, somehow hit upon the idea of matching disparate album covers in a way that make perfect irreverent sense. These are fast making our day.
Visual artist Linder Sterling has a flair for exaggerating and reconfiguring the human body in her subversive collages. These are some pretty brash, and in-your-face works — and they pretty much speak for themselves. Here, have a look.
Visual and sound artist Richard Vergez uses manual techniques like tape splicing and photomontage to create minimalistic works that favour unadulterated disturbing abstraction. His collages are vaguely terrifying and timeless at the same time.
As a fellow printmaker, I really appreciate the craft and time invested in creating these futuristic, retroactive collages by London-based digital artist, Natalie Nicklin. She describes her work in one nifty sentence: ‘Somewhere there’s a parallel universe made up of all our previously imagined technopias. I’d like to think my work reflects that place’.
When it comes to sports, watching the athletes gives us a sense that they are almost weightless. Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich produces simple collages that combine sports action shots with images of stone sculptures. It all comes across as beautiful and graceful.
Illustrator Hollie Chastain illuminates the tattered pages of antique books with these forest, fairy tale, and music inspired collages. The results are sweet little bursts of magic.
Artist Julia Tepasse, aka Großstadtheidi, lives in Heimathafen, Hamburg, where she studies fine arts at the University of Lueneburg, with a particular interest in minimal, abstract and post-modern art.
The heavily political, provocative, and pornographic themes and images in French artist Maldo Nollimerg’s collages remind me of awesome punk album covers from the early 80s, but with a slightly more baroque quality to them.
Brooklyn-based collagist Mark Wagner does more with a single dollar than many people can with millions. His imagination, sense of humor and indignation, and eerily capable hands make money fun again, in an ironic way. Next under the knife, cigarette ads? (For it!)
Kenny Irwin Jr. makes absurd, apocalyptic collages, mainly drawing from images from the Middle East. He also makes videos, but the most compelling stuff to me are his florescent, ballpoint pen drawings that deal with similar imagery, but bind everything together in a more limited palette.
Shelby Fischer is a mixed media artist living in Central Virginia. Her work is beautifully realised, laborious in its detail and subtle in its colorings. ‘My mixed media collages and assemblages blend surrealism with otherworldly imagery’, she says. ‘Each work is a fragment of an intuitive story — odd and mysterious narratives that are familiar echoes of a long lost, often twisted fantasy or nightmare’.
I was feeling kind of picky this morning, searching for just the right thing to itch that Monday morning scratch. The beautiful origami like collages of London illustrator Kate Slater really did it. The fact that they’re 3D makes you convinced that you might actually be able to crawl inside one of them and reclaim […]