From its abstract roots in Cubism to the political and counter culture movements of Dada and Punk, collage has always been a product of its environment. With the rise of 24 hour media cycles, social networks and search engines, contemporary culture has effectively rendered print media obsolete, creating a virtual boom in discarded paper ephemera for collage artists to examine and reinvent. Through these discarded remnants collage artists have become the archivists and activists of this post modern age, paralleling the frenetic pace in which we live while exposing the voyeuristic and often disjointed nature of popular culture.
From this cultural and historical foundation ALL THAT REMAINS will act primarily as a bridge between the past, present and future, while surveying contemporary collage through a select group of 25 artists exploring a variety of techniques and formats curated by Charles Wilkin. Each artist however will be asked to submit work based loosely on the following metaphors: memory, obsession, connections, disenchantment and revelations. These curated themes will provide the necessary conceptual framework while presenting a deeper examining of both collage, its conceptual heritage and the analogous sensations created by modern expectations.
In keeping with the situational history of photomontage, the site-specific curatorial project Ugly Art Room is exhibiting All That Remains at Picture Farm, a working photography studio. The ever-fluctuating history of collage finds itself on the walls of a room that also redefines itself for changing needs. Both the gallery and art within have the capacity to re-imagine situations ranging from commercial use to radical experimentation. The works selected spotlight the currency of this reshaping discipline, with a reshaping history, in a reshaping space.
Opening Reception: October 21st 17:00-21:00
Text: memi mizukami