Saturday, May 23, 2015

Details matter

I finished a piece today that is comprised of two elements. Easy, right? Well, this piece gives me a perfect opportunity to "explain" how I go about creating my collages. It's so much more than "slapping' things together". The piece originated by a the "negative space" element that was left over after I carefully cut out the head muscle element shown here:

Quite serendipitously, I placed the negative space element over a beautiful violet-colored rose element... actually just about in the "correct" orientation. But what do I mean when I say "correct" orientation? Here are some possible orientations for the underlying flower element:


The different placements of the underlying floral element do not vary much in actual spatial terms (i.e., they vary by only millimeters). But the orientation relative to the facial/head outline created by the negative space is crucial methinks. So which one seems to "work best"? Here's what the finished piece looks like (unframed and framed) based one the orientation I thought worked best (btw, it took a significant amount of time to get it "just right"):

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mining Farmersville

Utica College's graduation ceremony was Sunday; so most of my intense school work is now over for a little bit (although I have a full day of academic paperwork to do today). On Monday I headed down to Pennsylvania to visit my friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan (who won an award for his work in this year's NCS postcard show). Yesterday, we went to the Farmersville auction in Lancaster County, PA. It's exciting to search through all the stuff and find interesting vintage materials for collage! Of course, in the "old days", Anthony wasn't as interested in finding collage materials. These days, we "compete" a little bit. Anyway, here are some of the gems we found yesterday...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day

Yesterday, we celebrated Mother's Day here in the United States (a holiday which became official in 1914 under Woodrow Wilson's Presidency). My mother has been a loving and supportive role model as I have made my journey through life. She's an amazing woman! Although she often claims that she "doesn't understand my art" she regularly comes to my openings to support my creative efforts. She also keeps an eye out for materials for me when she goes to garage and estate sales. In some ways, she understands my artwork quite well I would say. Here's an awesome element that she picked up for me for $1 recently at a garage sale. I'm very excited to see what becomes of this substrate (it's already coated!). I also included a photo of me and my mom when we were in Amsterdam. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING MOM!

Friday, May 1, 2015

QR project a success!

Last night was the opening reception for the "Id/Ego/Superego" exhibit last night at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, NY. As I wrote on this blog a little while ago, I was going to test whether my QR code collage worked at this opening. Here are some photos from last night... and I am VERY pleased to announce that... IT WORKED!!! My analog collage of the digital QR code, when scanned, brings you to this blogsite and now references itself in the cyber universe!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

flowers and space

Over the last six months or so, I have become increasingly drawn to the beauty of flowers as collage elements. I'm not sure from where that is coming except for the fact that I have stumbled on some beautiful floral elements in my stack of magazines lately. And of course, outer space is a favorite of mine (and many other collagists). I was able to spend some time in my studio again last night (REALLY looking forward to the semester's end when I will have even more time!) and played around with a couple sketches and variations that I thought I would share. Nothing is "put down" yet, but I am really finding these sketches appealing.

Friday, April 24, 2015