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Collage and Assemblage

By Joan Hall

Collage has rapidly gained popularity as an art form in the United States. I believe that there are sociological reasons for this. We live in a “Fast Food” mentality. Everyone is in a hurry and the medium of collage conveys a feeling of spontaneity. With the advent of the computer and the internet, our world has become fragmented. This is reflected in the bits and pieces that make up a collage.

“Collage and Assemblage: Past & Present: The Art of Joan Hall”
Mon, Mar 25, 3pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50-A

There is also a growing awareness of the ecological responsibility of the need to recycle, and collage is based on previously used paper, fabrics, and objects incorporated into an art form. Probably many works of art were created without the slightest awareness of ecology on the part of the artist, however it is interesting to see how, through the ages, various previously used materials and found objects were recycled into art.

Based on this, I have compiled a lecture/slide show on collage and assemblage from 12th-century Japan to contemporary American photo illustration. Included are works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cornell, Rauschenberg and many other artists.  You will see how artists recycled everyday materials into artwork, including spare tires, shredded money, and even one’s own blood! The use of collage in illustration has become a familiar sight. You will learn how collage artists cope with some of their hilarious, yet frustrating experiences in the publishing workplace. This program is both entertaining and educational.

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