"How I make Collage Elements for my Paintings"
As an art form, collage art emerged around 1910. Picasso, Max Weber and Braque experimented in Cubism simply because pure paint did not satisfy them anymore. Collage art was also a form of silent rebellion. "Art for Art's Sake" soon became their form of resistance to capitalists' repression.
By 1930, artists were making their art by using discarded materials (cardboard, paper, screens, etc.). Abstract art in the US was a "hot product" influenced by the European painters.
In the United States, Max Ernst was developing his collages at the Sedona Art Center. Soon other American artists started to collage and paint as well, simply because they wanted to be part of the discussion. The abstract American artists at the time felt isolated, alienated and excluded from the revolutionary developments overseas.
Today, collage is an intuitive process of concealing, revealing, adding and subtracting until the artist's goals and intentions emerge from the layers
of construction and paint. Using a variety of materials and techniques,
the artist invents in their "laboratory for creativity." Keeping with the
original history of college art, it's all about risk-taking, new ideas, intentions and inventions.
Watch the video to see how I make my own graphic collage materials -
I include this exercise in my workshops - this creative process helps to
keep the atmosphere loose and free: Painting, tearing, gluing!
Don't forget. Watch the video!