Monday, 8 July 2013

Clone and Mixer collages

Aryan has introduced me to Clone and Mixer brushes.  Lots of fun but I’m again playing around, learning the tools, and now not even producing collages like the ones I had been making. 

These collages represent quick lessons, using small images from a Google search to use as examples.  I think of them as ‘google doodles’.  I really like being able to use mixer brushes to paint using the colors from the photographs and will want to use them again.

My partner Jaala and I had gone to New York while I was on sabbatical leave.  We had a great time and saw a lot of museums and shows.  Jaala was still excited about the trip for some time so I used images of New York to start.  I was also able to produce a couple of larger files using larger sources.

I’m not really sure what to think of them other than they are suddenly very different than anything I’ve done or thought I’d do.  It made me realize that I was never really interested in making collage from photographs but that this was a different way to approach collage.  One of my colleagues remarked that the look of the images suited the internet more than the look of the collages I’d been making which is interesting.  It brings up the subject of contemporaneity in collage -  something I think about a lot.  Still, I don’t think I’ll pursue photographic collage, especially using some one else’s images.  It makes me think about how to use fairly mundane and ubiquitous contemporary materials like the Pop artists. 





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