This week in Contemporary Collage we were tracing shapes and accurately cutting out and inserting replacements in coloured paper ( 'marquetry') and using grids , cutting and swapping ('cubomania')
As usual we had a whistlestop tour through various artists including John Baldessari ( above and below)
Ewan Gibbs uses knitting pattern grids as marks
Dan Hayes creates huge photorealistic paintings constructed of a multitude of intricately coloured squares ( detail above )
I've admired the photomontages of David Hockney for a long time
As usual the images I brought to use were mainly unsuitable for the exercises - time to raid the magazine box for inspiration. My homages to David Hockney included a designer lamp ( above ) and a curvy chair ( below)
Playing with a photo of a seaside shelter at Birchington, replacing sections with brightly coloured paper provided a contrast to the 'painterly' peeling woodwork .
My favourite though was the picture of legs from a magazine ( a BMW ad I think) where I traced the shoe and a line of the denim jeans and replaced these with orange and blue paper
When I started experimenting with the shapes leftover from cutting out the shoes and the tracings , Simon introduced me to the works of Francis Alys , particularly the shoe shine works which are constructed from multiple layers of tracings ( giving the effect of animation ) with the masking tape used to secure left in to provide additional marks
So in the last 5 minutes of the class I quickly assembled a collection of tracings and cutouts of the shoe in different colours, attached to the paper just with strips of masking tape. This is just 1 permutation, the beauty of this is that I can make multiple variations . There's definately a theme developing of using the negative cutouts left when cutting out shapes and using tracings . Most fun so far ( apart from desecrating 'Dinghy Sailing' ) in what has been a very enjoyable course.
Next week 'Text' - I'm off to look for some different fonts. Once again my Journal Quilts from 2011 seem appropriate ( the 'Circle' ones include those cutouts!)