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Turbinosamente
May 29, 2013

Lightning!


I've been making collages lately as a means to get back into my old visual arts groove and they're fun; so lets make, post, look at, and talk about collages! First, some quick and dirty historical proof that they do technically count as fine art and weren't always the bailiwick of grade school art teachers who'd run out of ideas.


Still Life with Chair Caning, Pablo Picasso, 1912


Cut with the Kitchen Knife Dada Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany, Hannah Hoch, 1919–1920


Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, Richard Hamilton, 1956

I had longer write ups on these but the long and the short of it is that Picasso (and I guess George Braques too) invented the idea of incorporating ready made materials into their paintings, Hannah Hoch did pioneering work using collage as an art medium during Dadaism, and Richard Hamilton's collage is here because although it's not the first work of Pop Art, it is the one cited as having established what the whole movement was about and is quite iconic as a result.

I wish I had examples of contemporary collage artists to put in this spot, but I'm not that plugged into the world of art anymore or even what's hot on the art side of the internet. So any suggestions are welcome! I can at least put a local artist's instagram here. I like her stuff but have yet to go see it in person.

Now on to my garbage collages.

Old poo poo:




New poo poo (as in within the past year):



Currently working on poo poo:


As you can see I've been exploring mandalas/symmetry/geometry lately for the hell of it: it fits neatly into my liking to arrange stuff. And I've also been making some things at trading card size because I really like the idea of art trading cards and have half baked plans regarding them. Right now my goal is towards actually finishing art projects and I've been striving to hold to the adage that a imperfect finished piece is more important than a perfect unfinished piece. Finish it, learn from your mistakes, and move on to the next. So I am aware that the center cards didn't line up nicely on the one I'm currently working on, and I think I know why it happened, but I'm almost done anyways so oh well. I'll try to do better next time.

Making collages is doing wonders for getting my creative juices flowing, probably because it plays to my one strength of needing constraints when I set out to make art. Things always seem to work better when I have a "rule" to follow.

So go dig out your scissors and glue and make a collage! Or open Photoshop and do it digitally I don't care, :justpost:

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sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk







these are very cool!

Turbinosamente
May 29, 2013

Lightning!


sebmojo posted:

these are very cool!

Thanks! I'm never sure if they're as cool as I think they are.

Sitting Here
Dec 31, 2007


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This makes me want to do collage! I've been thinking about introducing it as an activity with my clients. I really like how tidy your style is.

Turbinosamente
May 29, 2013

Lightning!


Sitting Here posted:

This makes me want to do collage! I've been thinking about introducing it as an activity with my clients. I really like how tidy your style is.

Do it! I want to see everybody's cool collages! This is just as much low budget art therapy for me as anything else. And thanks for the compliment! I did finish the large black and white piece posted earlier but until I stop being lazy about digging out a camera/lights, have a TCG sized exploration in what to do with a stack of Pokemon energy cards.

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