August 2010 Archives

Molokid - Notpaper

Molokid

There's just something about Buenos Aires, there are always amazing collagists to be found--and Molokid is no exception! His work is graphic and textural, but it doesn't go over the top and it pays clear attention to white space. So great!


Molokid
http://www.flickr.com/photos/molokid/
BA, Argentina


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Ten Words? That's not easy. I make totally nonsense handmade collages with vintage magazines that which, once they are ready, reflect my mood and unconsciousness at the moment. It's all about finding freedom in the paper. Improvisation!

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I love working with vintage magazines, different papers, second-hand books that I find in flea markets. Most of them are about anatomy, photography, or how to repair televisions. I can spend hours and hours looking for the right stuff. It's very important to me to find interesting images to work with. When I look at the magazines I can start imagining how new collages will be.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

Actually, I think I started getting to know the collage technique through some university subjects, like Morphology. Our teachers always taught us the advantages of working with "real" materials and staying away from the computer a little bit.

Then, for some kind of inner curiosity in me, I started making collages for fun, and uploading them in different blogs. It is very relaxing! It's like therapy (but much cheaper).




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I'm a Graphic Designer for a TV Channel, here in Argentina. I work in a group in which we make all off-air material, and we create the whole image for some programs. And I'm also a lomographer! I LOVE lomo cammeras!

Do you have any formal art training?

I'm a graphic design graduate from the University of Buenos Aires.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I don't think I have a "favourite" technique. I think mixing techniques makes it more interesting.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I would rather think I haven't created it yet! Thinking this way makes me improve day after day, trying new materials and techniques.



What other artists do you admire?

I admire every single person who tries to accomplish a dream, no matter what. I admire people who find ways to express themselves.

Thanks Molokid!

Stephyds - Notpaper

Stephyds

The work of Stephyds reminds me a bit of Brandi Strickland's, the experiments with geometric shapes (especially diamonds!) and rainbows are sort of similar. What is interesting about Stephyds is the watercolour washes she includes and the patterns she creates with her shapes. (I love how she describes her work, too!)


Stephyds
http://www.flickr.com/stephyds, http://www.stephyds.tumblr.com
Greater Toronto Area, Ontario Canada


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A hopeful mess of colour and linear wear and tear.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I mostly work with magazines, coloured papers and paint usually all on acrylic paper or canvas (so I can get really sopping wet and layered). My favourite magazines are National Geographic (vintage of course!) and also I love the current design happening in a lot of snowboarding/skateboarding/graffiti/alternative music magazines and art zines these days. If I can scribble on, paint in, over or around my collages - then I'm all for that as well.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I can't give you an exact length of time that I've been creating collages specifically. I remember in elementary school cutting up magazines and pasting them on other pieces of paper, layering different textures, or cutting out images of people and pasting them on crazy backgrounds. Its just something I did and I figured it's what all the other kids did at craft time too. This sort of thing has always seemed innate and I can't give you a better answer right now.




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I guess I'd be lying to say I'm solely an artist. Though I'm not sure if my other job counts: I work part time in a fabric shop, cutting material for elderly women and explaining textiles to girls who just tuned into Project Runway the night before. I do love the creative reciprocity that my job at the store inspires and it's taught me A LOT. We attract a pretty eccentric clientele at times and I gain a lot of inspiration when others come in and share their projects with me.

Do you have any formal art training?

One time when I was 12 years old I took an 8 week 'Cartooning' class every Saturday. I hated it and after my parents dropped me off and drove away, I walked to the convenience store to buy Gobstoppers instead. This pretty much sums up how I feel about most formal art training. Though I know I have a lot learn and very far to go, formal education in fine arts has not been in my cards for now and I look to learn through other sources.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love experimentation in general. I think our best teacher can be experience through trial and error. Lately I've been playing around with different transfer gel mediums: how they preform on various surfaces, using various prints and processing lengths. I'm also attracted to incorporating painting, stenciling (or anything requiring the use of a Decocolor) into my collages to give them a deeper and more personal feel. In general, I love making a mess. I love seeing bits and clips of paper strewn on my desk, sometimes inspiring a whole new piece work. I don't have specific techniques that I am married too or divorced from, I just turn on a good song and the rest flows pretty naturally from me.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

It's probably whichever piece I just finished creating at the time.



What other artists do you admire?

Rauschenberg, Warhol, Rothko are the classics for me. There are a million other artists I admire currently active today from unnamed graffiti artists, to friends who are photographers and filmmakers to 4 year olds I babysit.

Thanks Steph!

Class Projects - Notpaper

Class Projects

Featuring new work by Gordon Magnin
September 4th, 2010
Partners & Spade at 40 Great Jones St.
New York City

www.gordonmagnin.com
Artur 'Kjá - Notpaper

Artur 'Kjá

Artur's work is quite varied and experimental. I like how he experiments with colour and texture in his design and collage work. There isn't necessarily one particular style, but that's what makes it interesting--you can tell he is constantly trying new approaches (which just shows you don't have to pigeonhole yourself)!


Artur 'Kjá
hc1506.com
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

My work reflects the chaotic wandering of the human mind.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I like working with magazines, giving new meaning to symbols and messages.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I have been working with collage since childhood, when I started to redo the covers of my notebook. The need to have a notebook with unique personality made me develop 'art' for the first time.




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am a Graphic Artist and working with design and creative consulting to pay the bills. My goal is to be able to focus 100% on art.

Do you have any formal art training?

I am self-taught. Experimenting with forms, processes and various materials, as well as reading about philosophy, psychology and art history are ways I enhance my ideas.

Explain your favourite techniques.

My technique is to think. I love to read and think about life, mine and humanity ... with this reflection I do a graphical representation of my feelings and fears.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favorite art piece is the DUO Series. As I was in a depressive phase, it was a way to externalize all that oppressed me and still achieve a strong recognition as an artist. The series appeared in several publications in the world and gave me great exposure.



What other artists do you admire?

Tilde Hellmaister, Alain Le Quernec, Flavio Samelo, André Breton, among many masters old and new. The most important thing is to keep moving, searching, reading, producing and evolving as a human being!

Thanks Artur!

Long Lost Relatives - Notpaper

Long Lost Relatives

I really like this series of collages on cabinet cards by Julie Sadler (of Collage Clearinghouse). I've collected a few cabinet cards but I've never had any ideas of what to do with them. She doesn't say much about them, but I found them to be particularly intriguing!


via Collage Clearinghouse.

Lost and Found - Notpaper

Lost and Found

Lost and Found: The Art of Collage, Curated by Randel Plowman opens to the public on Monday August 23rd. A reception for the artist's will be Thursday, August 26th from 5 - 7 p.m. The exhibition continues until September 24th. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition is free and parking is available in the Welcome Center Garage. For more information contact David Knight at 859-572-5148, or Knight@nku.edu.

Northern Kentucky University Main and Third Floor Galleries
Highland Heights, KY

http://www.nku.edu/~art/galleries/upcoming.php

Collage studies - Notpaper

Collage studies

It's also nice to see what people are doing months after the fact, here is some new work from Chad Kouri which has changed quite a bit! It still has a retro tinge but the focus has completely changed. Thanks for sharing, Chad.


via The Post Family on Flickr

Rebeca Rasel - Notpaper

Rebeca Rasel

Delving deep into the email archives now, I've rediscovered the work of Rebeca Rasel. Her very minimalist story-telling collages are so wonderfully different. They remind me a teensy bit of this series, working with just an image and text can be limiting but also very intriguing.


Rebeca Rasel
http://rebecarasel.blogspot.com, & some more recent work.
Rio de Janeiro, BRASIL


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

One-line narratives and photo memorabilia.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

Vintage magazines and photographs. I'm also addicted to books, especially when they've got that look and smell of age!

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

(I was born with scissors in hand! hehe) Well, since collage is not limited to an art condition--because there's surely appropriation, selection discard etc almost everywhere, from movies to speech--I can say that all my art works relate to a cut-and-paste process so I can't really point out the very beginning of it all... But the collage works shown here are from 2008/9.




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

As a profession, lately I've been working with graphic design and video editing.

Do you have any formal art training?

I finished my Masters in Visual Arts last year and attended an Art History College from 2000 to 2005. Besides these academic years, I took some drawing courses quite a long time ago :)

Explain your favourite techniques.

I enjoy cropping and collecting nice typography and word pieces from books and magazines. The same goes for images. Then I look to all the large amount of paper I've got and start 'writing' with them in order to create small narratives. Some of my works are similar to a photonovel, but not only for the vintage images chosen: the one-lines found at my collages are part of a dialogue not limited to the characters, but open to anyone who's ever felt or faced what's shown there...

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favourite art pieces are a red Olivetti typewriter bought at a flea market and a three-leg chair thrown away in its loneliness on the street. These pieces became important 'cause they're surely not random useless objects to create art installations with; for me, the typewriter and the chair are 'life memorabilia' - or tiny metaphors for belonging and awaiting. When something is missing, don't we always find a way to move on (even with a broken leg) and keep on 'writing' (even with old-fashioned looks and memories lying on our back)? Anyway... It says a lot to me... Maybe it all makes sense for you too... :)



What other artists do you admire?

In this collage scenario, my favourite is Robert Rauschenberg. But if I could create something like a list, I'd include Joseph Kosuth, Duchamp, Sophie Calle, Louise Bourgeois... lots more.

Thanks Rebeca!

Thought Orbs - Notpaper

Thought Orbs

This series by Nathaniel Whitcomb (which I found while browsing flickr) really caught my eye. I love seeing conceptual experiments done with collage, this one in particular is about peeking into the thoughts of the subject by displaying a small portion of their environment. Read on for Nathaniel's own details and a link to the rest of the series.



Thought Orbs is a collage study. By isolating the figure in an image and displaying one small portion of the environment we are able to glimpse into their thoughts. Even if it is merely a millisecond as they survey their surroundings.

via Nathaniel Whitcomb
José Ignacio Fernández - Notpaper

José Ignacio Fernández

José's work is (I think unintentionally) another look at collage portraiture. It looks like his pieces begin with a picture of a person, and stem out creatively from there. The final result is a complex composition with loads of character. I apologize for that alliteration.


José Ignacio Fernández (For Better Days)
www.forbetterdays.com.ar & www.flickr.com/photos/forbetterdays
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Collage Or Die

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I enjoy taking images and adding to them different and new elements. In a way, to rebirth something different to represent that image.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I started in 2004 making digital collages in University while I was studying Graphic Design. After that I started making handmade collage by myself as a way of expression.




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am a graphic designer working in an advertising agency. Nowadays, I do not live by making art collages.

Do you have any formal art training?

I have not have any artistic study. It's so good that you do not need to have studied art to make a collage.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like cutting different elements from magazines and sticking them together by hand, I prefer this technique over others to do my work. Although I like to use a photocopy transfer technique, some tea to dye papers, and sometimes I use transferring letters.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

The book of life: It is a book full of collages that I am filling as the time runs, as a personal diary made by collage. Until now, I have not finished and I think It will take me too many years because there are so many pages.



What other artists do you admire?

Alexander Ródchenko, Eduardo Recife, David Carson, Seniorita Polyester, Molokid, RodrigBoy.

Thanks José!

Resistance by Laurel Howells - Notpaper

Resistance by Laurel Howells



A great series of consumerism themed collages, collage seems to be a great way to get a strong message across--so everybody dabbles in it.


Series of collaged images on the theme of resistance; looking into anti consumerism and fashion resistance. Making the most of what you already have, wearing things again and recycling.The collaged style of design echoes the theme of re using.



via Laurel Howells

Ann Marshall - Notpaper

Ann Marshall

Another fine art or mixed media collagist today, whose detailed realistic portraits with elements of paper collage are startlingly beautiful. I love when it's hard to tell what is collaged and painted, when collage is used for small or background details--Ann's work reminds me a bit of Teri Donovan's collaged wallpaper pieces. So stunning.


Ann Marshall
http://www.annmarshallart.com
NYC


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

My work combines traditional painting and drawing and paper collage.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

Whatever I can get my hands on. Lately I've been grabbing people's recycling if its something good. I like anything with lush pictorial spreads (W is good, the Economist not so much). I used to have a handful of subscriptions, but magazines were beginning to crowd out my tiny apartment, so I let them expire and rely mostly on found material these days. Sometimes friends will notify me when they're packing up a lot of magazines to throw away.

I also shop a the many great paper supply stores we have in the city: Kate's, Paper Presentation, and Paper Icon to name a few. And sometimes general art supply stores have some great stuff.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

During a college summer drawing course taught by a great teacher named Larry Walker, we used matte medium and tissue paper for the backgrounds of one particular project. I completed the project and put aside the technique. The idea lay dormant for many years as I worked on other things. Later, when I was working on a book on a very short deadline, I needed to develop a faster way to complete the lush images I liked and I returned to collage. I found I liked the effect combined media produced. The first images were pretty rough, but my technique has thankfully improved over the years.



Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

Right now I am working solely as an artist.

Do you have any formal art training?

Yes, I received my BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Explain your favourite techniques.

To start, I'll pick a subject and do a few sketches to determine the composition on cheap paper. Once I'm happy with the composition, I'll do a lose sketch on the final canvas.

Then I decide on my color scheme. Sometimes I have a great paper I want to use, sometimes not. I've found here that less is more. Most painters use a limited palette (a small amount of colors which can be mixed amongst themselves) because the work holds together more. This holds true for the collage pieces as well and keeps the work from becoming overly busy.

When I start to paint or apply the pastel, I start with a loose version of the figure and with each pass gradually get tighter and tighter and my brushes/points get smaller and smaller. Think of the process like a camera coming into focus. I'll start to add the background collage and work back and forth between the painting and the collage. One of the best parts in working with collage is how one found cut-out can change the entire course of the picture, and so I try to remain open while I work. Of course, I can also loose control (this happens from time to time) and the piece becomes an overly complicated mess.

However, if all has gone well, towards the end, I'm pulling out details with small brushes or sharpened pastel sticks.

Sometimes the work is finished, but I'm not happy with it. In that case, I'll put it aside for a few days and come back to it. Usually by then I'll have an idea then how to fix it.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

The next one I'm going to do. It's always the next one though...



What other artists do you admire?

A shortlist of artists I admire from other periods include: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, Holbein, and Fra Angelico. I had the privilege of working at the Frick Collection when I was a student (I was only a ticket girl) and grew to love, and be inspired by, their great collection. However, I enjoy art in all its forms and can also appreciate great comic work, twisted Victorian craziness, and the sublimely weird paintings found at garage sales as well. I try to have fun with it.

However, my favorite thing I saw this year was Zhang Huan's giant Buddha at the Pace Gallery. The statue was created from ash, steel, and wood and the entire gallery was permeated by the soft smell of the ash. The work had a presence that was undeniable.

Thanks Ann!

Dick Allowatt - Notpaper

Dick Allowatt

Dick's work has a prominent Renaissance style that is done often but difficult to do well. His collages and assemblages are painstakingly mastered and layered as pieces of fine art. The above image isn't necessarily the clear representative of all of his work, sometimes I pick the odd one out because it resonates with me for some reason. But read on!


Dick Allowatt
allowatt.com
St. Albans, West Virginia


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Renaissance influence with modern day attitude.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

Mostly found objects and vintage ephemera, anything showing a rich patina of age including old textbooks, manuals, photos, wood and metal embellishments. Giving new life to the forgotten and discarded.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

Only 3-4 years. I had the need for a creative outlet aside from my position as an advertising creative director. Heart health issues gave me the motivation to take more control over that part of my life.



Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am still employed as an advertising creative director and graphic designer after over 30 years.

Do you have any formal art training?

A handful of classes including drawing, art history. Mostly self taught in painting, drawing, design, collage, assemblage.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Developing aesthetic correlations of totally unrelated images. I prefer to work on canvas and board, blending my elements with acrylic mediums and paint.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I think of them all as my children. Hard to choose. Maybe the next one.



What other artists do you admire?

Fred Otnes, Joseph Cornell, Hannah Hoch immediately come to mind. There are so many that I find inspiration from.

Thanks Dick!

Jesse Lenz - Notpaper

Jesse Lenz

I can see many of Jesse's influences in his own work, which is digital collages done in a surrealist vintage style. His collages are at the same time dark and colourful, clean and gritty, feminine and masculine (I see an excellent balance in his work)!


Jesse Lenz
www.jesselenz.com
Grew up mostly in WV. I now live in Frederick MD.


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Retro-Futuristic.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I love working with 30-70s magazines like Life, National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, etc.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I have always messed with them. My art has usually been some sort of reaction to imagery/events that happen so I naturally ended up in collage. I started doing digital collage really seriously in January when I decided I wanted to be an illustrator. I would make an illustration for Dictionary.com's word of the day every day. That series is called "Ocular Verbum".

I started because I never understood why I should waste my time drawing/painting people and houses etc when I could make something way cooler by finding them already made and arranging them differently. It just made sense to me. I can paint and draw very well, but it takes me WAY TOO LONG!



Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am a full-time illustrator. I have been very blessed with great contacts and plenty of work since graduating collage.

Do you have any formal art training?

I have a BS in Graphic Design from West Liberty University. I have a large fine art background so I never liked graphic design much so thats why I decided to illustrate.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love sitting down with an assignment in mind, but know thoughts on how to solve it, and just start flipping through pages of magazines and seeing what the pages say to me. The best collages happen when the images you are looking tell you how to put them together.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I would have to say that one of my favorite pieces is Phantasmagoria. The word means a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream. The image just feels like a weird dream to me. It's kinda trippy.



What other artists do you admire?

PETER BEARD!!! Richard Hamilton, Hannah Hoch, Mario Wagner, John Ritter because he has mentored me in illustration, and of course if you have a flickr account you will eventually be inspired by guys like Mark Weaver and Julien Pacaud.

Thanks Jesse!

Hollie Chastain - Notpaper

Hollie Chastain

Hollie's work gets me every time. I love her use of vintage books and bright shapes, and the way she combines bits of intricate scribbles in her textural creations. She uses vintage images of people, but thinks a lot of the silhouette and and doesn't let the photo do all of the work. Her blog has some excellent pictures of her process as well.


Hollie Chastain
http://drkennedyjones.blogspot.com/
Chattanooga, Tennessee


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Mixed-media visual storytelling using a borrowed past.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

Currently I work with only vintage materials and I can't see that changing anytime soon. The character and unique textures that age adds to materials greatly shapes my work. I look for anything from the early 70s back and I think my oldest material so far has been a small stack of 4 editions of the New York Ledger, the oldest dated February of 1873. Opening a book cover and finding a water-damaged page spotted with dye ink and mold is heaven to me. Recently I've become really influenced by this immense stack of TIME magazines from the 70s that I bought back in February for a workshop. The hues printed around that time are crazy-sweet.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I'm sure I worked with collage in school but I can't remember. Obviously not to the point that I was pleased with any of the results. Just before I left my full time job about 2 years ago I began experimenting with collage using a quickly-growing collection of vintage books and ephemera and combining it with illustration and something just clicked.


Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am solely an artist at this time.

Do you have any formal art training?

To a point. I was involved in art classes both in and out of school all the way through high school then went to college on an art scholarship. Once I was there, though, I split my classes between art and business. I kept my college art education broad and basic to learn as many techniques as i could without feeling like my existing viewpoint and style was being compromised.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love getting completely lost in layering. It's my very favorite thing. I always clip a color palette the day before so when I approach it again in the morning I can see only those colors and shapes without my mind cluttered with all the discarded and rejected clippings from the day before. I don't touch anything until I have music on, a strict rule of mine, then I will spend hours building layers up and over and intertwining. I never glue until the end which makes it especially tricky and can sometimes take several additional hours to adhere everything to the board.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Pieces that I carry with me the longest tend to be pieces that were inspired by an event and those events are almost always musical experiences. A recent piece, The Annex, was made a few days after returning from seeing Gang Gang Dance at The Annex in Knoxville. Lix Bougatsos was absolutely inspiring and that performance was on my mind for days after. My very favorite piece, though, has to be Something We Shouldn't Be Doing which was made when I was fresh home from a concert-driven trip up the east coast with an incredible friend. That one means a lot and I don't typically keep my work but if I was going to keep one for myself it would have been that one.


What other artists do you admire?

My long-time loves are the outsiders especially Henry Darger and James Harold Jennings. I adore the work created by Jónsi and Alex, who previously worked under the name Riceboy Sleeps. I've also been completely smitten with Souther Salazar's work for years. Recently my admiration is directed to Alexis Anne MacKenzie, Olivia Jeffries, Chris Hipkiss, Erica il Cane, Hollis Brown Thornton and the Greedy Hen duo.

Thanks Hollie!

A Series of Indecision - Notpaper

A Series of Indecision


I recently recieved an email from Richard Pearse about his series "A Series of Indecision," and honestly, I think it's fantastic. I particularly love all the yesses, maybes, and nos (of course).



via Richard Pearse.

Brand spanking new - Notpaper

Brand spanking new

Well, what do you think of the new web design? I would love to hear your opinions! The main goal of the new site was to make it easier to browse and to welcome more readers to participate. Also, I feel like the cleaner look allows for a better display of work. I am still adding some little things here and there, but I would love to know if there is anything you would like to see!

Also, currently I am using the background Chad made us a while back, but I would love to have a background that changes periodically. Plus, what a great way to have your work on the front page!

Background submission guidelines:


Please submit with your name and a link to your website.
Can be handmade or digital.
Does not have to be an original work, can be an old piece of work.
Must be 1440 x 1024 or larger, a jpg file, attached in the email.

Please email to: submissions@notpaper.net

Celeste Najt - Notpaper

Celeste Najt

Celeste seems to enjoy working with fragments, and if I would have to pick one word to tie together all of her work, it would be "fragmented." Everyone seems to have a unique collage approach, and I feel hers stands out as stylistically distinct. I am excited to see how she continues to implement this in future works, we'll keep an eye out!


Celeste Najt
www.celestenajt.com.ar
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

(My work is like) A ship going through the real life, giving images of another reality.

But it can also be described as:
Retro, futuristic, interior, exterior, surreal, real, empty, full, flying, multi-linguistic, ambitious.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I like to work with photos I've taken on my own which usually are from my trips and of rare details I find in my everyday life. I also like to use old family photos, antique magazines, books, and origami. But my most recent discovery is wood.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I've been doing collages since I was 16 years old, about 10 years ago. One day I said to myself "you need to put something out there, externalize" and collage became my way to put my feelings and thoughts out. I think an internal necessity to communicate was the reason I started to make art.


Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I'm an artist who works in different areas: visual arts, photography, web and graphic design, and I also write. I write for myself, as an exercise to enrich my visual work and I also work as a journalist for a Japanese Magazine and some other publications.

Do you have any formal art training?

I went to 3 universities--two of them were Art careers and nowadays I'm studying for a degree in Photography. I have also attended to several workshops and courses of phototography, design, and art, but I still believe the most important thing one can learn about art comes after a lot of practicing on your own.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I love the cut & paste technique. My favourite materials are paper, vinyl tapes, wood. Currently I'm exploring the possibilities of mixed media. The mixed media project I'm trying to develop at the moment is based on the interrelation of collage, installation, sound, and sculpture.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

My favourite artwork was a room with all the walls covered by a drawing of a map describing the road from a South American City to a European city. This was an exhibition I did, which was an artwork itself. I started preparing the works 6 months before the show, inspired by the new art network phenomena where getting in contact with people who are so far away is made possible. You meet each other through the internet and suddenly you are taking a plane and making a show in an unsuspected place! The map was done in hand made pieces, digital collages, and mostly colour tapes working as the connections between the artworks. (About my solo exhibition How to draw a map from Buenos Aires to Badger Badger, which took place in Carlisle, England in September 2009).

What other artists do you admire?

Jenny Holzer, Cy Twombly, Tracy Emin, Sara Lucas, Arthur Russell, Larry levan, Louise Borgeouis, Trish Morrisey, Stephen Shore, William Egglestone, Claes Oldenburg, Dan Flavin, Tom tom Club, Maximum Joy, Pascale Ogier, and a thousands more...

Thanks Celeste!

Carlos Granados-Ocon - Notpaper

Carlos Granados-Ocon

I came across this collage work through another blog I read, called thank you, ok. I was quite captivated by the mixed media work Carlos does. See more on his tumblr, i think this is cool.

Aesthetically, I enjoy creating multi-layered prints on wood and paper. The layering process is extensive and ultimately creates a dynamic piece. I combine lists of daily happenings, painting, drawing, and photo-images. The images that I use are of indelible events from my life and generation. From significant events that occurred before I was born to the everyday television shows of my formative years, these events and cultural trends have had profound effects on both my peers and me.

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    Featuring new work by Gordon Magnin
    September 4th, 2010
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