Archives for: "January 2009"

30/01/09

  04:47:00 pm, by   , 154 words  
Categories: Art, Collage

GIVING MY COLLAGES AWAY

Last year, I have decided to donate my collages. I sent two e-mails offering the collection. One to the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, no answer. The other to the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Fort Worth, Texas where I got an… more »
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28/01/09

  11:48:03 am, by   , 344 words  
Categories: Art, Collage

THE MAD ARTIST AND HIS WIFE, CONT.

Unsurprisingly my wife and I had a discussion about this post. Whenever I show her a new collage (every day), she is taken aback, sometimes alarmed. I: But darling, what’s wrong with my collage? Why do you react like this? She: They are so violent. I:… more »

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25/01/09

  11:56:02 am, by   , 84 words  
Categories: Art, Collage

BIRTH OF A COLLAGE

As I was on a relatively complex collage, I decided to show the different phases leading to the final state. I don’t know if it’s the best one I have ever made but it might be quite instructive. Enjoy. In fact, it started with the idea of the tongue, I… more »

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23/01/09

  08:37:00 pm, by   , 357 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

PURITY?

In his book Auge und Wort (“The Eye and the Word”) Werner Spies opposes the pretentious & massive nazi-art made for eternity by the pompous sculptor Arno Breker to the fragility of collage. Assembling heterogeneous elements of tawdry stuff is in his… more »

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22/01/09

  10:24:00 pm, by   , 393 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

FLOWERS, A SUNSET AND THE ARTIST

When I started painting – I was 15 – my mother showed me a flower still life in our living room and asked me why I didn’t paint that way. And my father looking at a beautiful sunset suggested a painting. I must admit that I disappointed both of them q… more »

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18/01/09

  11:53:00 am, by   , 297 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

THE MAD ARTIST AND HIS WIFE

Very often people ask my wife if it isn’t too hard for her to live with a man like me (nobody asks me about my wife). Well, the fact that we have been married for over 20 years now seems to prove the contrary. But she might be a masochist or my slave.… more »

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16/01/09

  03:48:26 pm, by   , 194 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

GLUE AT SAATCHI'S

Aragon’s famous word: “It’s not the glue which makes the collage” means that the content of a collage is independent from its material. In the same way we can say that it is not the material that matters but how it is employed. This struck me when… more »

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12/01/09

  08:40:00 am, by   , 378 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

CRISIS AND ME

Everybody speaks about the economical crisis, just like wakening up from a nice and comfortable dream. As if things were to go on like they were before. As if one might speculate on the future. In my eyes, the crisis is only a moment of lucidity, where… more »

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09/01/09

  06:45:00 am, by   , 555 words  
Categories: Non catégorisé, Art, Collage, Painting

COLLAGE & POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Most paintings are politically acceptable, at least for an open minded or instructed person. If they weren't, just let time pass by and, oh wonder, they loose their power of disturbance. Let's take Manet's Déjeuner sur l'herbe, a scandal in 1863. And no… more »

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07/01/09

  04:18:00 am, by   , 256 words  
Categories: Art, Collage

COPYRIGHT

Is it defendable using pictures made by others? Luckily, legislation defines the final art work as creation without any obligation to its sources. So don't bother about it, just go My own justification is the transitory character of the pictures which… more »

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  02:40:00 am, by   , 254 words  
Categories: Non catégorisé, Art, Collage

Collage: illustration or construction

For me, there are two kinds of collages: illustration and construction. Illustration is the most widespread kind. Techniques: You simply insert some alien element in a picture - for ex. you take a diver and put him into a normal landscape; you make… more »

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06/01/09

  07:31:20 am, by   , 269 words  
Categories: Art, Collage

Collage in education: the school of freedom and pleasure

I have been in education for many years, mainly teaching art in its various forms. My last experience, which is not yet finished, is work together with people having psychiatric difficulties. I initiated collage on works that were already done by… more »

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04/01/09

  04:52:17 pm, by   , 270 words  
Categories: Art, Collage, Painting

Art and money

Once you have chosen collage as your main means of expression, you have made some sort of vow of poverty. Because, with a little exaggeration, collage is made of crap, won't last for centuries, is an expression for children or decoration... I believe… more »

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03/01/09

  07:21:00 pm, by   , 97 words  
Categories: Non catégorisé, Art, Collage

Humor

It happens quite often that when achieving a collage, I must laugh or at least smile because the picture looks witty. Why? Surely because of the strange assemblage of heteroclite objects (see the famous definition of Lautréamont). Is it allowed in paint… more »

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  10:17:34, par   , 152 mots  
Catégories: Non catégorisé, Art, Collage, Painting

Collage vs. painting

I want to reflect here on collage and my way of making them. Enjoy. Citation of Cesar Domela," a photo shows an object, whereas the photomontage presents an idea." It seems to me that this definition hits the point. Collage is a language for everybody,… suite »

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