Saturday, May 31, 2014

Les Collaborateurs

Sabine Remy ("miriskum") and I continue our cross-the-pond collaborations.  Below are #16 (You Should Have Better Held Your Tongue), started by me and completed magnificently by Sabine, and #17 (Bird Hour on Channel Two), started by Sabine and diddled by me.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Some ATC's

This week's theme on Kollage Kit is the artist trading card, nicknamed "ATC" (which I often mistakenly refer to as "AKC" apologies to snooty dog lovers everywhere...).  An ATC is always wee-sized (2.5" x 3.5"), and they can be traded like baseball cards, or handed out like business cards, or whatever.  I've never made any before, and spent my morning gluing itsy-bitsy little paper scraps onto itsy-bitsy little black and white cards.  This is a fine way to spend a morning!  Here are six:



Victorian Centaur

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Across the Universe

Across the Universe (On foot I had to cross the solar system...)

Across the Universe (...before I found the first thread of my red dress.)

On foot
I had to cross the solar system
before I found the first thread of my red dress.
I sense myself already.
Somewhere in space hangs my heart,
shaking in the void, from it streams sparks
into other intemperate hearts.

Edith Sodergran (Swedish/Finnish poet, 1892-1923)

Monday, May 26, 2014

DdA Factory

In Cagliari, Italy, is a gallery called DdA Factory which features photography and other contemporary art. Each month they produce and exhibit large (20" x 30") photographic reproductions of work by artists from various countries, and among the invited works this month is one of my pieces called "Two Birds" (cut & paste collage, magazine scraps on magazine page).  DdA has a lot of beautiful work on display (see it here) and I'm honored to be a part of this month's exhibition.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Intimate Works on Paper 2014

Alfred Stieglitz opened the Intimate Gallery in Saugerties, NY, in 1925, inviting artists, poets and writers to gather and exhibit their works.  The Intimate Gallery is still in business and still exhibiting work by artists working in book arts, printmaking, photography, paper arts, drawing and mixed media.  I'm very pleased that two of my pieces ("Grand Rapids 1937," an altered book, and "It Wasn't Clear What Happened Here," collage on an old book cover) are on display at their Intimate Works on Paper 2014 exhibit.  The exhibit opens today and will run through June 22 -- it looks fantastic and I wish I could be there. You can see the catalog here.

"It Wasn't Clear What Happened Here" 

"Grand Rapids 1937"

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Little Dog

 French Flamingo Farmers and Their Little Dog

 Duck Hawk Hunters and Their Little Dog

The Rookery Flasher and Her Little Dog

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Stoddard Series

John Lawson Stoddard was a travel writer and lecturer who published a series of photo books about his world travels in the late 1800's, which became immensely popular among the travel-hungry Victorians.  A while back I bought a little photo book about the Maine seacoast on eBay, but when the package arrived in the mail, it contained a slightly dilapidated copy of one of Stoddard's books instead.  My eBay seller quickly sent the right book, and let me keep the first book as well.  So, what happens when a collagist is allowed to keep a slightly dilapidated old photo book?  A new project, of course.  Above, one of the title pages from a "Portfolio of Photographs of Famous Scenes, Cities and Paintings Prepared Under the Supervision of the Distinguished Lecturer and Traveler John L. Stoddard Containing a Rare and Elaborate Collection of Photographic Views of the Entire World of Nature and Art," c. 1893.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I Am An Artist and I Will Wear These Fancy Dinner Party Shoes with Dignity

This is a Dutch artist named Rinus Van De Velde, who lives and works in Antwerp.  He recently appeared in GQ wearing a $1,470  Missoni coat and a $495 Alexander McQueen shirt (I have no information as to his shoes).  His work is interesting...a lot of it features the likeness and life of a handsome artist named Rinus Van De Velde, combining (as one article noted) "realistic fiction with truthiness."  The quote is from "Dear David Johnson," part of his fake imagined autobiography. An intriguing guy, and he presents well in Missoni, doesn't he...