Saturday, April 19, 2008

Contemporary Collage

Collage. What possesses certain artists to want to cut and paste ? And once they do, like all artists, they find a niche; a particular train of thought to pursue.
Trained as a print maker and starting his career by making fragile sculptures,
Lance Letscher has a fascinating oeuvre with lots of depth. Some say he makes his collages like quilts, others point you to telltale signs of printmaking. Either way, you'll find a comprehensive and enlightening article about him here and then a shorter one that comes from a different angle, here. These will give you plenty of insight into his career and technique.

I have a weakness for writing in paintings, so when I spotted some words, I was hooked. That's what draws me in; I want to read what's being said. The orbs of color bring the top work into the realm of painting and the bottom work just has so much atmosphere and lightness to it. The way he does this piece is so unexpected for a collage.

Both images are from the Steven Wolf Fine Arts. They have 16 images of his work in widely varying styles.
Top image - "I Can Jump" collage on Masonite, 15 x 17 in.
Bottom image - "TBS" Collage on Masonite, 2005, 8.75 x 11.75 in.
( you can get an extreme closeup of this work)

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