Wednesday, February 22, 2012

199, 200, 201, 202 Thomas Terceira

 OM.2012.134 - Thomas Terceira - USA - You've Got Us Wrong Pal - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
  OM.2012.135 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Oh! - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
  OM.2012.136 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Actions de Graces - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches
 OM.2012.137 - Thomas Terceira - USA - Carrie S.C. - collage with found materials 5.5 x 5.25 inches

Artist Note: Discovering a  batch of plastic CD sleeves being discarded inspired a series of collage studies done to fit the sleeves. These collage studies were done rapidly, letting the materials inspire the compositions.

197 and 198 - Two Works from Indonesia

 OM.2012.117 - Wisnuaji Putu Utama - Speak Out - 2011 - Mixed Media Collage - 7.75 x 11.75 inches

OM.2012.118 - Fenty Puspitasari - Girls Day Out - 2011 - Mixed Media Collage - 7.75 x 11.75 inches

196 - Johathan Johnson - USA

OM.2011.220 - Jonathan Johnson - collage on paper - 6.25 x 4.5 inches 2010

192, 193, 194, 195 - Four Works from Malaysia

OM.2011.216 - Muhammad Rasfan B. Hj. Abu Bakar - Field - mixed media collage on paper -  8.25 x 11.75 inches

 OM.2011.217 - Yus Hamyus bin Hashim - untitled- collage on paper-  8.25 x 11.75 inches

 OM.2011.218 - Suzlee Ibrahim - A Red Story - mixed media collage on paper -  8.25 x 11.75 inches
OM.2011.219 - Tok Eng Voon - Pattern - mixed media collage on paper -  8.25 x 11.75 inches

Monday, February 6, 2012

[189,190, 191] Aila Koivisto - Finland

OM.2011.126, OM.2011.127, OM.2011.128 - Aila Koivisto - Finland - collage on paper - 21 x 46 cm.

Artist Statement:
This is my way to build a collage. I'm just a small part of the English language! But I try to do everything right.  WELL -  THOUGHT  -  OUT  SENTENCES : Collage is always a new trip to an exciting world, where a path of colours and rhythm leads you forwards. I dive into the secrets of abstract and  sometimes simplified pictures. It preoccupies my thoughts. I forget time and one hour changes into one minute. WHY DOES COLLAGE INTEREST ME?   I`m  interested in collage because building it is so multiform.     I never know in advance, how many new  thoughts I find or even stories. Only imagination gives the limits and the spectrum of materials is endless.

[188] Elizabeth Albert - USA

OM.2011.153 - Elizabeth Albert - USA - Regime - collage and ink on paper - 11x8 inches 

[187] - Wolfgang Faller - Germany

OM.2011.150 - Wolfgang Faller - Germany -  Circle of Life in a Black Box - Box Assemblage - 3.25 x 3.75 x 4 inches - painted hinged box containing ash with handmade scull in the lid -

[183-186] Lucio Valerio Pini - Italy

OM.2011.205 - Lucio Valerio Pini - Italy - collage on card stock - 15.75 x 11 inches
OM.2011.204 - Lucio Valerio Pini - Italy - collage on card stock - 15.75 x 11 inches
OM.2011.203 - Lucio Valerio Pini - Italy - collage on card stock - 15.75 x 11 inches

OM.2011.210 -Lucio Valerio Pini - Italy - collage on card stock - 15.75 x 11 inches

Artist Statement

I adore creating collages.
An old renewed art, which allows me to express myself with freedom, creativity and fantasy.
With obvious simplicity I put together cuts and scraps of my own or someone else's images.
I put some color spray here and there and fix dreams, memories and feelings on the paper.
The result is a fantastic world of signs, only apparently chaotic.
The unusual elements are superimposed, they mix and they meet to start unusual images.
I try to give body to a nonexistent reality, belonging to a fantastic and poetic world.
A caprice of forms which is seen not only with the eye but also with the imagination.
I try to give a world of emotion to the eyes of those who look upon them.
A game? Maybe or maybe not.

Lucio Valerio Pini

[180, 181, 182] Costis - Greece

Alpha-Lightning-Omega - 1979
Costis - Athens, Greece
Pewter pot with letters Alpha and Omega attached to the interior of the pot and the lid.
on the bottom is inscribed the letter Alpha, a symbol of lightning, Omega. Signed 'Costis 1979'

OM.2009.007  Costis - Greece - collage

OM.2011.027 - Costis (Greece) Book: 50 Years of Greek Ready-Made
This book/exhibition was first presented at the Municipal Exhibition of Kalamata on December 2010. The text, as well as the exhibition, is trying to establish an overview of recycled/reused elements within Hellenic Art since 1960. This date, more or less, is the birth of the phenomenon among these shores since Greece never experienced simultaneous versions of the historic avant-gardes before the War. Therefore the creative explosions of experimental and provocative movements, especially during the 60s and 70s, tried to catch up and encapsulate both the older and missed movements such as Dada, Surrealism or Cubism and to try to lead parallel ways to the newer avant-gardes such as Fluxus or Nouveau Realisme and, in the same time, explore a more native, local sort of artistic personality. The exhibition/text then moves on to the newer versions of the use of the readymade in greek art in the 80s, 90s and 00s, therefore trying to identify the future of such a creation among the contemporary artistic community.

see book online here:

[179] Bob Rizzo - USA

OM.2008.019 - Bob Rizzo - USA - Ducksonge - assemblage
Director's note: A few years ago I sent Bob Rizzo a box of small found objects to induce him to make a work for the museum. A few months later, Ducksonge is what he sent. A wonderful fetish assemblage sculpture with a wooden duck head on the wooden body of what might be an african sculpture with collage material on it. I am not sure I can identify all of the items attached to this work but they include, various types of old nails, a mojo bag with who knows what in it, leather, feathers, chain, wooden bead necklace, a horn of something, a large tooth of something that I wouldn't want mad at me. rivets, glass vile, bells, a padlock, bits of cloth, another horn, smashed bottle caps,shells, bones, small wooden finials, a milagro of a burro, ribbon, a shoe string, a dream catcher, a quill and who knows what else on a wooden base. The whole thing was then carefully patinaed with a special secret mixture containing rust to give the work a visual integrity. One has the feeling that the work is a fetish of a protector that stands with a watchful eye ready to defend against injustice.

[178] - Ivan Mavrovic - Croatia

OM.2011.072 - KGB Steampunk Mouse by Ivan Mavrovic (Croatia)
At present the only Croatian designer creating steampunk artworks
gift of the artist
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history. SEE MORE

[176 & 177] Victoria Barvenko - Russia

OM.2011.152 - Victoria Barvenko - Russia - Collage made with magazine papers - 40x30 cm for the Collage Centennial
OM.2011.151 - Victoria Barvenko - Russia - Collage made with magazine papers - 30x40 cm

[174 & 175] Svetlana Pesetskaya - Russia

OM.2011.124 Svetlana Pesetskaya - Russia
OM.2011.125 Svetlana Pesetskaya - Russia - two visual poems: Ritual #1 & Ritual #2 - mixed media on paper - 12x16 inches - online

Artist Statement:
For the first time I have seen Henri Matisse's collage magic it is an art genre have subdued me since the childhood.
 The collage is combined and laconic, different invoices and.... The Collage includes all genres of the fine arts painting, a drawing, a calligraphy and poetry. It is always modern and actual. Collage possibilities are boundless. It is magic of theater and a reality, the Fairy tale and the present -  that for me is a collage.

[173] Robert.McKeown - USA

 OM.2012.069 - Robert.McKeown - USA Space #5: A Little Leg - 2011 - paper collage on color paper -12 X 12 inches

Artist Statement

Living at the end of the great age of print, I work in the wonderful and humble
medium of paper collage. My work is constantly developing through new source
materials and processes. I express my view of the contemporary world thought, a
vocabulary of images, forms, edge and colors. Collage has limitless possibilities.

As an artist I enjoy the hunting and gathering aspect of paper collage, the sorting
and categorizing of images. It’s intriguing to physically develop an image from
paper elements layer-by-layer, elements with their inherent scales and textures.
To create and define an image through editing, tearing, and trimming present
their own inherent challenges. These challenges are what makes paper collage
interesting to me.

We may be living at the end of the great age of print, but I don’t believe print and
paper will disappear entirely. It’s easier to have something printed today than
in the past. What is being lost is the quantity and diversity of print and paper
ephemera. These are the sources I want to save and use.

I have read that collage was the medium that defined the 20th Century. I believe
it will define the 21st Century as well.

Robert McKeown
February 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

[172] Jenelle Fleck - USA

OM.2012.058 Jenelle Fleck - USA - Winter Blues - 2011 - collage - 9.5 X 6 inches composed of torn and cut pieces of painted art tissue and rice paper, adhered to watercolor paper. The white acrylic paint appears to have been painted after the papers were laid down, but it was not, It was an element of painted art tissue that I was able to manipulate and use to the effect I wanted. Collage never fails to please. Dec/2011

[171] Mark Tobin Moore - USA

OM.2012.067 - Mark Tobin Moore - USA - Keep Up Your Guard - 24 1/4 x 8 x 2 1/4 inches - 2006 - mixed media assemblage with acrylic paint, wood glue, found objects, and magazine photographs on a recycled piece of wood from a demolished house. Framed with salvaged interior trim molding.

My collage or assemblage making process usually begins as a response
to found images or materials I happen to come across, or items I have
saved, sometimes for decades. Intuition and maturity are also factors in my
process. Since I depend so much on symbolism for the content in my work,
sometimes it takes years for me to see the expressive potential of something
I threw into a box or filed away in my image morgue.

In this case, though, with Keep Up Your Guard, the materials came
immediately during a visit to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
I had one of those lucky days where the piece seemed to come together as
I picked through one hardware bin after another. I have to say this is a fun
process, and one I always enjoy. I had some old magazines laying around
on my work tables, and as I looked through them for just the right images to
include a couple emerged that after some editing worked perfectly.

I enjoyed making this piece especially since the wood and nails came from
an old demolished house in the city. Also, this process was really positive
for me because I was not only able to express in a really healthy way some
personal concerns I was having at that time, but I was able also to preserve a
part of history that might otherwise have been burned or buried in a landfill.

[170] Joel Schapira - USA

[170] OM.2012.068 Joel Schapira - USA - Rattling the Cage. - Assemblage - 19"w x 12"h x 6"d - materials include: cardboard, metal seam binding, retired library card catalog cards, ribbon, string, wooden propeller, rubber stampings, boy scout manual pages, fallout shelter instructions, and beeswax.

[169] Jenelle Fleck - USA

OM.2012.057 - Jenelle Fleck - USA -“Obscure” - 2012 - collage - 4x6inches - Korean hymnal pages, Chinese script, rice paper, painted tissue and fabric on watercolor paper.

Artist Statement

Collage has a long history as a medium for expression of social and cultural issues, but at this point in
my life, closer to the end, I am interested in the beauty of collage. The process of touching, collecting,
tearing, arranging papers, adding paint, bits and pieces, is part of a very personal experience. Collage
expresses something I can’t express with words. I find it cathartic and essential to my well-being. Color
is a large part of it—again, words escape me. I find collage brings some sense of order, in a small way, to
my existence in a larger world that doesn’t always make sense.

[168] Gwenn Mayers - USA

OM.2012.066 - Gwenn Mayers - USA -  'Untitled' - 2011 - Found paper collage - 3 x 3 inches

Artist Statement
I make small-scale mixed media works on paper. To me, working small resonates with very personal
experiences such as reading, writing, collecting and remembering. I am, somewhat nervously,
experimenting with larger format pieces. My work incorporates references to organic/biological forms. I am interested in the interdependence between the natural world and one’s private world. Most
recently, I have been thinking about long-buried memories, intimate connections and the unraveling of
connections. My collages are steeped in my past . In my works on paper, I am interested in exploring the various qualities of paper as a surface, e.g. fragility, resilience, flatness, opacity/translucency and to test the limits of those qualities. My visual language is often about enclosures and forms tethered together, however tenuous the hold.

[167] Wen Redmond - USA

OM.2012.064 - Wen Redmond - USA - Silent Sentries - 2011- 9x9 inches
Origin: gift of the artist

Digital Fiber collage works. My collages are an assemblage of archival digital prints collaged with textiles, combining painting and digital media into a one of a kind art piece. Creativity stitched.

Artist Statement
‘My collages are digital and physical. I layer my photographs with photo’s of my painted work and fuse. This is printed out and I continue the collage process with other elements.’

[166] Kerry Ann Lee - New Zealand

OM.2012.065 - Kerry Ann Lee - New Zealand - Double Dragon - 2012 - 30x30.5cm - digital montage

 origin: gift of the artist

Artist Statement:
My practice explores the space between art and design, private moments and public spaces. I appreciate the tactile qualities of the medium in conflating chance elements to convey visual tensions and unexpected harmonies. Working with two-dimensional materials both digital and handmade, I source, cut up and transform graphic ephemera to reveal macro and micro details of everyday existence. Paper is evocative and versatile in its potentials to communicate. A blank page is ripe with possibility for playful invention. Collage enables me to explore the complexities of hybrid cross-cultural identities. For me, collage is an ordering strategy to generate fresh work that challenge existing representations and celebrate differences.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

[165] Berni Stephanus - Switzerland

OM.2012.037 - Berni Stephanus - Switzerland - Odalisque - #205 - June.11.2011 - collage with magazine papers.

Origin: gift of the artist for Collage Centennial

[164] Berni Stephanus - Switzerland

OM.2012.135 - Berni Stephanus - Switzerland - Mind Surgery (#128) - April 28, 2011 - collage with magazine images
Origin: gift of the artist for Collage Centennial

[163] Caroline Waite - USA

OM.2009.045 - Caroline Waite - USA - 'Spectators' - Altered Cigar Box with the lid made into a stage upon it is a plastic ballerina figurine surrounded by doll arms, in the background three swans above them a line of doll eyeballs (stage lights) that open and close. Attached to the top of the stage is an ornate facade then the whole stage lined with gold colored filigree.

Origin: gift of the artist for Fluxhibition #3 Thinking Inside of the Box - This image used for the catalog cover

Friday, February 3, 2012

[162] - Caroline Waite - USA

OM.2007.004 - Caroline Waite - USA - East Meets West - Mixed Media Collage

Origin: Baker's Dozen Exchange #8- 2007

Louisville, Kentucky USA

[161] - Caroline Waite - USA

OM.2007.003 - Caroline Waite - USA - Bird Watching- Mixed Media Collage
Origin: Baker's Dozen Exchange #8- 2007

Louisville, Kentucky USA

Artist's Statement
I grew up in a lovely English village called Cookham Dean, known for its famous and eccentric resident, wartime artist Stanley Spencer whose stylized scenes in the 1940s of Cookham village life and residents have hung in the nations leading museums. He described Cookham as a “village in Heaven”.
My parents, both artists, were also great collectors and childhood holidays were often spent searching for bits and pieces, usually on a chilly beach somewhere.
From a very early age I have collected things and arranged them. Now, more recently, I understand this as a need to give order to things, partly to make order out of chaos but also to show things to their full potential and to highlight subtle connections and differences. Hence, much of the work has a sense of formality and a strong structure even when it is playful.
This constant search for “stuff” which appeals (often for the most obscure reasons), is as much a part of the work process as are the thoughts instigated by the things I collect and then the physical construction of a work of art at the end.
I hope to highlight things which are often inherently humble, maybe discarded, rusted, distorted or faded but have had a past life and use somewhere else. I don’t analyze too deeply what the initial attraction is to this strange mix of collected objects. Things mean something for all sorts of reasons. They may simply be beautiful, quirky, sentimental or have strong associations.
I love the element of mystery surrounding old objects – the questions as to their meaning, their origin and age – in other words, their “secret lives”.
Groups of items and collections seem to be a way of reinforcing something by means of repetition. Having lectured in Textiles for many years, I understand how the repetition of an image alters one’s perception of it and allow one to see it in a fresh way.
I am attracted to the small scale because it gives a sense of intimacy – drawing you in close. I like the idea of something that can be held in the hand and examined rather than demand that you stand back and remove yourself in order to absorb an idea.
For similar reasons, in the last few years, my work has become more interactive. Things open up, light up, hide secrets then reveal themselves requiring participation and an element of surprise and hopefully instilling the same sense of fun and discovery that these objects hold for me.

[159 & 160] Frederick B Epistola - Philippines

 OM.2007.001 - Frederick B. Epistola - Paranaque City, Manila Philippines - Psychological Procreation #1 - Mixed Media Collage -  
 Origin: Baker's Dozen Exchange #8- 2007
OM.2007.002 - Frederick B. Epistola - Paranaque City, Manila Philippines - Psychological Procreation #2 - Mixed Media Collage

Origin: Baker's Dozen Exchange #8- 2007

[157 & 158] Pal Csaba - Hungary

OM.2010.056 - Pal Csaba - Hungary - Living in the Dressage #1- mixed media collage on paper
Origin: Baker's Dozen Collage Exchange #16 - 2010
OM.2010.055 Pal Csaba - Hungary - Living in the Dressage #6- mixed media collage on paper

Origin: Baker's Dozen Collage Exchange #16 - 2010

[156] Nerina Cocchi Zecchini - ITALY

Om.2010.061.002 Nerina Cocchi Zecchini - ITALY - Blue Mountains - collage on paper

Origin: Gift of 172 works and supporting documents from Janina and Oriano Zecchini

[155] - Nerina Cocchi Zecchini - Italy

Om.2010.061.001 - Nerina Cocchi Zecchini - Italy - Mountain Landscape - collage with magazine papers on paper - circa.1980
Origin: Gift of 172 works and supporting documents from Janina and Oriano Zecchini

[154] Berni Stephanus - Switzerland

OM.2012.032 - Berni Stephanus - Switzerland - 'Mother and Child' - 03/05/2011 - collage with magazine papers.