All posts tagged: Collage

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Natural Act collages by Merve Ozaslan

I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea. See more of Ozaslan’s work on Behance and follow her on Pinterest. Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance

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The 30 Art Project by Elise Wehle

How beautifully delicate are these collages and paper-cutting compositions by California-based artist Elise Wehle! They remind me of childhood snowflake paper patterns but a hundred times better. This particular project was created after Wehle graduated from the BFA in Utah. Her and a couple of artist friends found it really hard to keep making art every day without a strict school schedule, so they decided that the 30 Art Project would be the perfect remedy. They challenged themselves to make a different piece of art every two days until they reached 30 works, et voila! Wehle says of her work: “I make the art I do to pull me away from the increasingly digital world that surrounds me. Every day I spend so much time in front of a glowing screen that sometimes I forget I possess five bodily senses and not just one or two. “Making art makes me conscious of my hands again, and all of my work requires time-intensive, redundant movements that remind me that not everything is as instantaneous as a …

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Q&A with… Holly Chastain

Tennessee-based Holly Chastain’s collages are little gems. When I first found them on Pinterest it was like discovering a beloved novel as a first edition in a vintage bookshop (think Shakespeare and Company, my favourite Parisian store). Well-worn book covers have been separated from their pages and decorated with mysterious black and white figures and brightly coloured shapes. I was keen to find out more about where these book covers came from and what inspired the figures depicted on them. Whats your background? How did you end up doing what you are doing now? After studying art in school I started my career in graphic design and marketing. It was a lot of fun but wasn’t satisfying me creatively. When my job was moved across the country I took the plunge and decided to see what I could build up and accomplish if I moved back to analog. Collage was something new that I had never attempted before so it seemed a perfect technique for a fresh start. What inspires your work, in particular the Book …

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New Facade by Giuseppe Lo Schiavo

Inspired by surrealists such as Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp, Italian photographer Giuseppe Lo Schiavo has created collages of windows from some Europe’s favourite cities- London, Paris and Rome. Lo Schiavo said: “Every window is placed harmonically in a new facade. Democratically, reminiscent of the experiments of rationalism, the windows consist of a unique entity, carrying with them their own history and beauty. The contemporary style that is applied on this interpretation reminds us of the decomposition of a picture in digital pixels, with a uniform pattern that forms shapes.” I like how it shows the different shapes and colours from city to city- London has lots of deep reds and browns, and uniform square and rectangles, while Rome and Paris has more grander, ornate windows, with muted colours and wooden shutters. London Paris Rome