Garth and Pierre are an artistic team based out of Washington state, for their series MENU they appropriated nostalgic imagery of restaurants, kitchens, and table settings to explore the perceptions and politics surrounding food. The artists use geometric shapes cut into the image by hand, leaving the viewer with a lace-like grid of highly graphic saturated colors that allude to a romanticized era that has long since passed.
Artist Jamie Poole has taken a dramatic turn in his art recently. Majoring in Design Poole has primarily worked in landscapes. However, to create a portrait of Sophie, pictured above, he used a medium tied to her identity: English literature. Poole uses strips of poetry to create a unique collage. Words wrap around eyes and slide down noses to create incredibly realistic images. The pieces are particularly large compared to the intricately placed lines. Regarding this, Poole says:
“The repetition of collaging each line of text onto the board to make the image becomes similar to meditating in my view. It also means I can really focus my attention on each individual area of the picture to really look closely at the subject and learn about her.”[via]
Estonian artist Eiko Ojala expertly creates illustrations using paper. His complex collage pieces are at the same time simple in execution. His background as an illustrator is clear in each of these pieces. Ojala is able to communicate a considerable story with minimal imagery and medium. Whether a series of trees interacting through different seasons, or portraits, Ojala weaves interesting narratives using simple poignant scenes.
Oliver Payne‘s collages present many juxtapositions: East and West, new and old, digital and analog. In an interesting way, though, the images of Japanese Bullet Hell Games and photographs of classical European sculpture compliment one another. A tradition of fantastic stories and violence are present in each. Further, the gallery statement mentions that the “Greek statues serve as a background and a reminder of the fantasy worlds produced in Japanese arcade games, which often picture rural Europe.” While exhibited, the collages are joined by the raucous soundtrack of the noises of a traditional arcade flowing through the gallery.
Randy Grskovic rearranges family photographs. He slices found photographs into geometric abstractions. What were once cherished images of memories are now emptied of their sentimental meaning. Grskovic’s collages draw attention to the process of photographing ourselves – making images of ourselves for posterity. While photographs are often considered true and trusted documents of past events, Grskovic’s work encourages viewers to be skeptical of the idea of their objective nature. He says:
“The memory has changed and so has the document. The photograph as well as any other document is never an accurate depiction of truth.” [via]
I just got back from checking out the undergrad show at UCLA Design Media Arts, and I was impressed with a lot of the work, but there was one young artist that really stood out to me: Canon Call. Call’s work is largely comprised of illustration on found materials, and the sincerely charming thing about these little disruptive doodles is their ability to build upon the image they are layered on top of in order to develop a dialogue around pop-culture and society at large. The best part of the work is the hidden irony behind the naming of each piece’s source file… each JPEG on his site is titled “dontsteal.jpg” or “dontcopythis.jpg – and various other alterations of that phrase. Genius. The work itself feels like a weird mashup of pop art and a surrealist exquisite corpse of sorts. I am very much looking forward to watching Call’s work develop.
The name of Artist Scott Dickson‘s series Moment Monument, like the artwork, is a juxtaposition of sorts. Using vintage postcards as collage material, Dickson obscures the monuments that are the intended subject of the photographs. Using the vintage photos and geometric forms, Dickson relieves the monuments of their narrative and posterity. This allows a second look at the monuments physical context – it’s pedestal, its surrounding, the space it in inhabits. More importantly, though, it encourages a second look at monument’s conceptual context – the meaning of commemoration and memory through sculpture.
Artist Xochi Solis‘ work combines painting with collage into smartly layered pieces. Rather than spreading the elements throughout the composition, Solis places them all at the center. She layers each piece on the on top of the one before it, revealing only pieces of found images or painterly strokes. The round images almost appear cellular though still resisting easy interpretation or identification. The Austin, Texas based artist’s materials range from acrylic and oil paint to found images and acetate.