Dr Grafix

Dr Grafix

Collage: Art for Our Time

 

I keep coming back to collage and I think I know why. Collage is the perfect artform for our Post-post Modernist era because it enables, actually encourages, the artist to bring disparate elements and ideas together in one image.

Collage is art made by sticking different materials together, a collection or combination of various things. It has links to Deconstructivism and DADA – 2 favourite genres of mine. DADA arrived in the early part of the 20th Century as a response to the ideologies that contributed to WW1. DADA artists were critical of the dominance of rationality and believed that the order of civilisation was in fact an illusion. The events of WW1 made it clear to them that nobody was actually ‘steering the ship’. DADA artists embraced ‘chance, accident, and improvisation’ and used a method of randomisation to deconstruct artistic practices and social norms.

Collage has to be one of the best ways to express and counter the collapse and disunification we are witnessing today all over the world. This method of creating art – new from old – has been made easy because of the internet. Negotiating this particular aspect of an art practice is an intellectual property nightmare, but it is also an exciting way to make art and for me, to make social commentary.
 
I’ll blog about this in more depth later.