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BOLO Magazine 1 - Notpaper

BOLO Magazine 1

Marco Nicotra kindly sent me a copy of his new magazine, BOLO to feature here.

I knew it would be well designed, but I was quite impressed with the way he used the collages and drawings for the two colour book. BOLO 1 is black and white and vibrant blue, and I wonder what other colours he will be experimenting with in the future.

Contributors for this issue include: El Reino De La Sandía, Anthony Zinonos, woefoep, {ths}, Jesse Draxler, Andrei Cojocaru, Phaedra Longhurst, and so many more!

See a full list here.

Thanks Marco!

Michaela Cruz - Notpaper

Michaela Cruz

These collages by Michaela Cruz have a wonderful playfulness to them. They are so pretty but unafraid to be rough around the edges. Can't wait to see more from her!

Matthew Sage - Notpaper

Matthew Sage

Matthew cleverly uses landscapes in setting the backdrop for his collages. The way he cuts and reassembles them gives them an almost 3-dimensional quality, each piece is just shifted into place. Very enjoyable!

Matthew Sage &
Fort Collins, Colorado

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Landscape, Shapes, History, Skateboard, Pattern, Line, Language, Void, Minimalism

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

National Geographic (vintage), Thrasher Magazine (current), drawing paper, sketchbooks, acrylic artists ink, water, pencil, random found paper textures (most recently a weird set of hand writing analysis cards I found in the basement). Also for like 2 years I collaged using stuff from this box of haunted seventeen magazines from the 60-70s. But then a ghost (the former owner of said seventeen magazines?) gave me pneumonia, so I quit.

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

Started collaging in junior high... making flyers/posters/artwork for me and my friends imaginary punk bands. I've been doing the same thing ever since, except the bands became a little more real...

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

I am a dishwasher by day, a poet on weekends early in the morning, a musician in the evenings, a cassette tape label manager in my spare time... and I own a dog who likes to run and jump. Also, I am addicted to the internet, which is a full time job.

Do you have any formal art training?

I studied Poetry at Colorado State University, and many of the ideas from poetry carried over into my visual art. I also broke the rules at CSU and took art classes though I was not an art major. I studied drawing for a semester.

Explain your favourite techniques.

I like combining patterns and rigid shapes with fluid forms. I like visualizing the abstraction of people and man-made geometry as cast into a fractured landscape. I like how I, the collagist, cut a magazine, pictures (buildings, skylines, rolling hills, people) up into interpretations, but really that magazine is a tree that has already been cut and printed and cut and formed to communicate something as an interpretation of itself. I am re-assessing a re-assessed knowledge as communicated through media. It is like one of the most ultimate found poems to me.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Elusive; in that it does not exist yet, but will one day...

What other artists do you admire?

Tiffanie Collins, Grant Souders, Alex Runge, Erik Wangsvick, Brett Brady, Mikheil Moucharaffie. That is my for bigger names: Clyfford Still, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Uta Barth, Ian Mckaye, Townes Van Zandt, Ben Chasney, David Lynch, Will Oldham, Mark Gonzales. Skateboarding. Loud music.

Thanks Matthew!

Everyone Agrees That There Are Some Deep Mysteries - Notpaper

Everyone Agrees That There Are Some Deep Mysteries
Opening Reception on August 11, 7pm
August 11 - August 27, 2011
The Department
1389 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

This exhibition brings together new works from Toronto-based artists 
Kyla Chevrier, Laurie Kang, Jacob Whibley and Naomi Yasui.

Light offers a means of creating relationships between architectural surface, and the nature of perception. This is a distillation of space. Challenging existing formalities within architecture through a flirtatious act, inherently both aggressive and accommodating.

Laurie Kang's work is a constructed abstraction of reality that uses photography, sculpture, collage, video and installation. Engaging in various media is the result of reacting and responding to the history and medium of photography, in which her formal background is based.

Jacob Whibley's collages show geometric and organic forms in a suspended moment of transition. Drawing inspiration from modernist design and unfulfilled histories, Whibley assembles each collage through a process of successive movements and emphasizes the contrast between found and intentionally crafted elements.

As a ceramicist working in sculpture and installation, Naomi Yasui's current interests revolve around the psychology of domestic objects and the history of ceramic industry in Europe. She employs early industrial ceramic practices to create objects of ambiguous utilitarian function.

Jeremy Gesualdo - Notpaper

Jeremy Gesualdo

When I came across the work of Jeremy Gesualdo, I was intrigued. He is a photographer and he constructs these collage-like images from old photos. I love seeing two disciplines collide, as photographers and collagists both have good spatial awareness.

Call for Entries: National Collage Society - Notpaper

Call for Entries: National Collage Society

The National Collage Society is hosting the 27th Annual 2011 Juried Exhibit.

This exhibition is open to all artists and all works must be original two or three dimensional, mixed-media glued collage. Each artist may enter up to two entries. The entry fee for the exhibit is $45.00 ($35 membership fee and $10 entry fee.) All entries must be received by Friday, September 2, 2011.

For more details and to download the entry form please visit the NCS website.

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    "Stars Are Indispensible"

    96 pages in 2 colors, black and blue, 17 x 21.5 cm, 45 contributors from all over the world. The main theme is: "Stars are indispensable". It contains a music cd with 19 tracks.

    Available from BOLO store.

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