Today while doing some cleanup of miscellaneous real paper and past magazines, I found one published a few years ago by Wired Magazine discussing our “copy and paste” time and place. Recently while visiting in many of the San Francisco Galleries this past month (such as Catharine Clark and Andrea Schwartz) there have been a number of collage works, in fact, I think there was a recent ArtForum article:
Posted at http://www.cclarkgallery.com/PR_Remix_2009.pdf
The following excerpt is from the Press Release (author unknown) from the Catharine Clark Gallery website related to their current exhibtion ReMix (great exhibtion, I recommend) http://www.cclarkgallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_artist.asp?ExhibitID=87&Count=0
“…An article in the April issue of Artforum helped to further ferret out their interest in contemporary collage. Titled “Cut and
Paste: Charlie White on the Collage Impulse Today”ii, (ii White, Charlie, “Cut and Paste: Charlie White on the Collage Impulse today,” Artforum, April 2009, pp. 210 – 215.) the article addresses how collage is “a common response to the layers
of information that burden us…[and its] resurgence in art…an occasion to revisit and update its related popular histories—a
shifting story, one that hovers at the fluid seam of art, politics, technology, and mass media.”iii In the article, Charlie White
cites such technological breakthroughs as peer-to-peer websites, like Napster in 1999, DJ mixes, free-software projects,
internet access (first commercially available in 1988), the release of Photoshop in 1990, Google’s launch in 1998, and the
sites that readily facilitate collage practices on-line such as My Space, Facebook, and You Tube, as representing a
“convergence of desire and technological capability [that] have created an increasingly voracious appetite for undoing
linearity by way or deregulating, dearchiving, recataloguing, rerecording, sharing, stealing, destroying, combining, and
redistributing as much information as is accessible.”iv The dissemination of images on the internet has invited alteration,
recombination and transformation and artists have arrived at a moment in history in which “the impulse to remix, redit, and
reorder media, as well as the analog desire to take tear, and tape imagery, meets the methods to do so with ease and endless
availability.”v Interestingly enough, the artists whose work is assembled in Remix, however influenced by digital culture,
employ the “analog” or low-tech use of materials, to construct their work….”
ii White, Charlie, “Cut and Paste: Charlie White on the Collage Impulse today,” Artforum, April 2009, pp. 210 – 215.
iii Ibid, p. 211
iv Ibid, p. 212
v Ibid, p. 213
Myself being an artist who has long worked with collage (and also text) in my mixed media works http://kathrynarnold.com/portfolio/series/1000cranes/1.html
I am considering a way to recycle/reuse the 100s of art magazines I have in piles in milk crates and on bookshelves and feel I can update my media with current concepts and ideas mixed with my personal interests with the disparity of black and white/color and its effects within 2-dimensional spatial fields.
Here is an image from the last century 🙂 by me. When the new series is complete you will see one of them here, but i will need time. I would love to do one giant one with some smaller – but first to get all of the magazines to the studio which will be a feat it itself! And then resolving/combining/integrating this media with true copy/paste from the digital world – perhaps a ‘how-to’ is in order.