Posts Tagged ‘Collage’

New Times – New words

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

In New York, in the early Sixties, I experienced my first encounter with the work of Joseph Cornell, the pioneer of an art form consisting of box frames filled with arrangements of found objects that delights the eye with their gentle surrealism. This happy meeting inspired work I did many years later in my Heart Icon and Apple series.

In those early days we used terms like Collage or more accurately Assemblage to denote Mr. Cornell’s activity. Sadly, those solid, descriptive terms have now been superseded. The academics have got hold of the concept, they delved into their French and old Italian dictionaries and came up with BRICOLAGE. Those that indulge in this dark art are to be known as BRICOLEURS. What tosh.

And what’s more. In the Fashion press, photographers have become Lensmen who no longer photograph their models.... they lens them. Poor dears.

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Apples and Eyes © Sam Haskins

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Robert Rauschenberg – 1925 – 2008

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg was a giant among the giants of American art. Given my life long love affair with collage his work holds a special place in my admiration. The New York Times have, as usual, published an excellent obituary. Rauschenberg was a highly eclectic visual powerhouse in post-war American art and his passing this week leaves a huge gap. His work struck an era defining balance between high powered creativity, fun and depth which radiates effortlessly from his images.

No American artist, Jasper Johns once said, invented more than Mr. Rauschenberg. Mr. Johns, John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Mr. Rauschenberg, without sharing exactly the same point of view, collectively defined this new era of experimentation in American culture.
Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

Here is an example of my work influenced by Robert Rauschenberg. The figure is from the wondrous Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway and the background is a wall in Venice.

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