Archives for category: Collage

A very different type of collage – I first came across Mat Maitland’s work when I saw his film for Kenzo Resort 2013 (see below). Full to the brim with prints and pattern it definitely caught my eye. But until recently I had never seen any of Maitland’s fashion stills – and I think they are great. I always love the sense of set used in product editorials but the digital element of these creates a sense of hyper-real and the slick collage style feels fresh and new.

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You can check out more of his work here: http://matmaitland.com/

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I finally had a chance at the weekend to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. I had seen bits and pieces of Höch’s work before but in this exhibition it was great to see how her style evolved over time, and especially within the context of history. Working alongside other contemporary collage artists like Kurt Schwitters, Höch’s work is playful and poignant, and creates a unique commentary of the social circumstances at that time.

The pieces below are from one of my favourite series – ‘From an Ethnographic Museum’ – completed between 1924 and 1930. I love their humour and sense of iconography. And considering their place in history, I like to imagine them celebrating diversity in a time of ever increasing uniformity.

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The exhibition is on until the 23rd March so check it out if you can.

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/hannah-hch
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jan/13/hannah-hoch-whitechapel-review

I love the slightly naive style of these paper illustrations by Swedish Fideli Sundqvist. They create a really playful take on the sombre and thoughtful Old Masters Still Life, and the unusual choice of subject adds another level of humour.

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Check out Fideli’s website to see the various other projects she has turned her hand to.

http://fidelisundqvist.com/

I first came across the work of artist Stephen Wright in a small boutique in Brixton Village called Brixi. A mixture of tapestry and mosaic techniques, Wright’s work is immediately eye-catching and engaging, if not a little on the wild side. As a fan of all things kitsch, the way that Wright combines materials, objects and imagery seemed wonderful to me. Large scale embroidered tapestries have been photographed and interpreted into beautiful prints that have not lost any of their texture and the abstract qualities that make them interesting.

Stephen is currently exhibiting some of his work on the first floor of the legendary patisserie and art gallery Maison Bertaux on Greek Street in Soho until mid June.

Having seen Stephen’s work for the first time, I immediately found out about his current project, the ‘House of Dreams’, from his website. An ongoing project, Stephen is gradually turning the ground floor of his house in East Dulwich into what feels like a living, breathing piece of art. The house has now been bequeathed to the National Trust, and consequently will be open to visitors long after it is completed. Before visiting, and having seen the aesthetic of Stephen’s work and a few images of the house online, I had a fairly good idea of the sort of sensory assault I was expecting. It certainly lived up to those expectations. Instantly visible upon the terraced street, every surface is covered in literally everything – objects from all over the world, ranging from the utterly mundane to the outright bizarre. You could walk around the house for days on end and each time you would still spot a detail that you had overlooked before. However, I also experienced something more, which I hadn’t expected. The house isn’t just an artwork, but more of a museum of Stephen’s life. It is incredibly personal – full of stories and moments from all stages of his life – as well as all of the objects, themes, and issues that are currently consuming him. The combination of this provides an all-encompassing and truly unique story, straight from the artist himself. One might have thought that the house would seem claustrophobic and chaotic, but in a strange way it almost feels like everything is in it’s correct place, which is a true feat. Unfortunately, I was not able to take any photos as work is currently in progress towards a book documenting the House of Dreams and the journey that Stephen has been on, which is a very exciting prospect. But these images taken from an interview with Stephen in ‘Dulwich On View’ should give you a taster.

The House of Dreams is having an open day this Saturday (the 2nd of June) between 11am and 4pm. Booking is required. I felt I had such a personal experience from going there – and strongly recommend it to anyone with an erring towards to kitsch. There will also be another open day on the 7th of July.

http://www.stephenwrightartist.co.uk/house-of-dreams.html
http://www.maisonbertaux.com/maisonbertaux.com/Maison_Bertaux.html
http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2011/01/28/welcome-to-the-house-of-dreams/

Simply mind-blowing paper sculptures. These have a real sense of craftsmanship to them, in a completely far-out setting. I also like the sense of delicacy they seem to convey despite their brash subject matter and gaudy colours.

Images from http://apeonthemoon.com/
http://www.velliquette.com/Michael_Velliquette/Michael_Velliquette.html

Some initial collages and sketchbook pages from my final major project.

I love these collages from illustrator Dan Marston.


http://www.danmarston.co.uk/index.html

Another master of collage.http://www.edosatwork.com/wordpress/

I kept spotting Mark Warren Jacque’s illustrations in the likes of Vice magazine. Another American artist, there is a similar sense of whimsy to the work of Beth Hoeckel (posted earlier), although their styles are completely different.

I love his use of very powerful shape and colour. They seem to be at once both spiritual and commanding. Check out his blog also.

http://markwarrenjacques.com/
http://markwarrenjacques.tumblr.com/

I have been working on some images to put together into a larger repeat design to be printed digitally. I have always liked the combination of photographic and hand-drawn imagery; it creates a great tension. I think that perhaps using digital printing will make the sense of humour within my work more apparent and effective.