About A Collage a day
- A form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabic are arranged and stuck to a backing.
- A composition made this way.
- A combination or collection of various things.
ORIGIN early 20th century; from French, literally gluing.
First collagist? Pablo Picasso.
Still Life with Chair-Caning
Paris, [May] 1912
Oil and oilcloth on canvas, with rope frame
10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 35 cm.)
Daix 466. Musee Picasso, Paris
When I was 16 my best friend and I began to make collages. I’m not sure exactly how we even knew about the art form, but I had a subscription to the Village Voice and it was filled with the most amazing advertising, really creative visually. We would spend countless hours cutting the Voice into different configurations and then reassembling them. I have some early stuff, but nothing that I made then. But why did we even start doing it? I don’t know, but both of us still make collages–hand cut collages made with exacto knives and put together with paper cement, piece by piece. It’s an odd fascination that we sort of fell into, this reconfiguring of elements, line against line, color against color, texture against texture.
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