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Playing with Pictures - Notpaper

Playing with Pictures

I'm definitely looking forward to attending this exhibit in Toronto!

Playing with Pictures
The Art of Victorian Photocollage
June 5 to September 5, 2010
Art Gallery of Ontario

This exhibition showcases the little-known phenomenon of Victorian photocollage. Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and curated by Elizabeth Siegel, it features more than 40 of the best albums and loose pages from collections across the United States, Europe and Australia -- many rarely, if ever, seen in public before.

With sharp wit and dramatic shifts of scale, these delightful collages upend the serious conventions of photography at that time. They also reveal the accomplished hands and educated minds of their makers -- taking on the new theory of evolution, addressing the changing role of photography, and challenging the strict conventions of aristocratic society. And while these unique compositions may seem wonderfully odd to us now, they are actually perfectly in keeping with the Victorian sensibility that embraced juxtaposition and variety. They also offer enduring inspiration for photographic experimentation today.

Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago

Marty Gordon - Notpaper

Marty Gordon

Marty's collages are quirky and whimsical, and he creates surreal scenarios by combining a huge range of imagery. They are witty and entertaining, and his use of cartoon speech bubbles makes it more reminiscent of a surrealist B-movie! His work is featured in Masters: Collage by Lark Books which is out now.

Name (Real or Screename): Marty Gordon
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.whatwouldjesusglue.com
Location (Where are you from?): From Pensacola, FL. Live in Seattle, WA.

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Irreverent yet sincere visual questioning of the status quo.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Vintage children's encyclopedias and religious books, comics.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started in 2004 when my wife Sarah and I started dating. One day she pulled all her collage stuff out and I asked if I could play too. I've been playing ever since.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I make ends meet as facilities manager for a theatre.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Florida where I concentrated in Printmaking.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I approach building a collage similarly to the way I would build a collagraph plate in printmaking. They are very durable. As far as imagery is concerned, I search and cut and paste until an image "feels" right. I add the word balloons last so my creation can speak.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: A recent favorite is Giant Jesus vs. San Francisco. In it, Giant Jesus rises like a 50's B movie monster from the waters of San Francisco Bay to announce his return. The locals, as you can imagine, have mixed feelings about this. The piece recently sold and I found myself feeling a little sad that it was gone. But there will be new favorites.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: How much space do you have? Jean Dubuffet, Susan Rothenberg, Jasper Johns, Jean-Michel Basquiat, my friend Antjuan Oden, my wife Sarah, my collage buddies at Scrapiteria...I have to stop. I could go on and on.

Thanks Marty!

Brandon McLean - Notpaper

Brandon McLean

Brandon's retro inspired collages are quite eyecatching, his work ranges from a mellow vintage vibe to bright electric creations. I enjoy the methods he uses--gel transfers and combining paper and paint techniques. I feel like he places a lot of weight on instinct in his work, as many of us do, and the importance of process. Anyway, I love all of these vibrant pieces!

Name (Real or Screename): Brandon McLean
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.elus1v.com
Location (Where are you from?): Orlando,Florida

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Assembled creations of my explorations through the layers of life.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines,photographs, vintage) Be Specific!
A: I combine paint with collage. Using various vintage magazines, newspapers, and other found ephemera to help build the layers, and then juxtapose them with found photographs from years gone by. I like the dirty, worn, and gritty feel of vintage materials and the mysterious quality of the photographs from the past. These photographs depicting people you may or may not know, but they allow you to develop your own story behind the face and glorify these people as heroes or maybe in some cases even as ghosts.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started making collages and art in general around 2000 after I suffered a stroke, and became intensely focused and centered on art as an exploratory process. Figuring out life by taking the various scraps and remnants and juxtaposing them in new ways.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Right now I'm mainly a self-employed artist, but I also work in construction as a builder with a wakeboarding events company. At ABOX Fabrications, we build and develop new obstacles for wakeboarding events all over the country. But I'm trying my hardest to make a living as an artist full time, because that's what I truly want to do in life.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I did take some art classes in college, and learned some important processes and techniques, but I am mainly self taught. Trial and error away from peering eyes does wonders.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My favourite technique is photo copy transfer. It's a gel medium transfer process, that allows you to transfer photo copies to any surface, allowing the stark black toner to stay behind amongst a built up paper and paint background. I love the layering process in art. Combining paper and paint in new arrangements, then covering them up, sanding them down, adding more, allowing the surface to dictate the next move.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favourite piece that I ever created is one called 'Work a Day Lives.' I made it back in 2005 and traded it to my friend, artist Robert Mars for one of his great pieces. I really like it because it was one of the best instances I have collected where you can allow the background to show you where the composition should go, and to never be afraid to cover something up, or get discouraged with a piece, because if you trust the process of art making the right way will rear its head for you.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I admire any artist that spills their whole self into whatever it is that they create. Anyone hustling to make their dreams come true. Some of my favourite current artists are Alex Kopps, Jim Houser, Robert Mars, Word to Mother, and Conor Harrington.

Thanks Brandon!

Spectacular Sights - Notpaper

Spectacular Sights

Cecil Touchon, USA

Spectacular Sights--Post Cards from places yet to be seen
via www.mailart.se/

After the success of our collage postcard project September 2009, Cut & Paste, we now make a call for altered postcards of famous tourist sights from all over the world. "Postcards are an amalgam of history, collective memory and individual interpretation --- as well as personal mementos". (Thomas Weski in Postcards)

All incoming cards will be published on this website and exhibited in Gallery KG52, Stockholm 14/8 - 29/8 2010. We will also publish the ones we like the best in a small edition book publication. The postcard idea was very much inspired by Dieter Roths "Piccadillies".

* cards should have the usual postcard format
* they should show an altered tourist attraction
* all techniques are welcome
* cards have to be posted before 1 June 2010

For more ifs, buts, hows and whens consult the exhibition link.

Edvard Derkert/Kathrin Diestel info@dad.a.se

Retroism - Notpaper

Retroism

21 May - 7 June 2010
Retrospect Galleries
52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
http://www.retrospectgalleries.com/exhibitions/retroism/

A trip back in time through the playfully nostalgic worlds of pop and retro art. Featuring 12 hand-picked internationally renowned, mixed media artists.

Featured artists:
Sunny Belliston, Eva Eun-Sil Han, Handiedan, Tez Humphreys, Robert Mars, Nick Morris, Julien Pacaud, Kareem Rizk, Mario Wagner, Charles Wilkin.

Opening night 6pm Friday May 21

(above images by Sunny Belliston Taylor and Kareem Rizk).

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  • Playing with Pictures
    The Art of Victorian Photocollage
    June 5 to September 5, 2010
    Art Gallery of Ontario
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    Gallery KG52, Stockholm
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    Work by Eva Eun-Sil Han, Handiedan, Robert Mars, Julien Pacaud, Kareem Rizk, Mario Wagner & more.
    May 21st - June 27th, 2010
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    52 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
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