I see, if I shut the light off Mark-making practice 2
by annasandalaki by confusedartkid
by Graemejukes by yagey
Prominences by capelski
you seemed by RichardLeach
unscripted memories by steve2727
Expecting by TeresaClark
Double O by GlennCooper
Mixed Media Collage by GregPDX
Reciprocity by LaythAbdulHamid
High 5 - Remix by Robert-Alan
the peoples republic by steve2727
Isn't it Pretty in Polo Mint City? Home Front
(2018) by ALonelyEmu by capelski
this moment by RichardLeach
an actor bring out the thrill . . . Always be ready to change terms
by fleetofgypsies TeresaClark
respiro by DOK-FITZ
Fantasia by JujuBrew
(so says Kolaj magazine)
On that day, I'd love to see dA's collage page overflowing with collages, not cartoons, or sketch dumps, (go HERE to read why a sketch dump is not a collage) not celebrity compilations or style boards, just collages, dozens of collages, hundreds of collages -- taking that day to celebrate and define the art of collage.
Oh Lead Me To The Slaughter Of My Heart
eat the pawn by DOK-TITZ
Crack So in Lo
by Graemejukes by RichardLeach
laughed by capelski
I originally posted this back in February of 2015. With World Collage Day right around the corner, it seems like a good time to put it up again.
Every now and then I go through the collage channel and tag certain pieces as “misplaced” along with the comment, “This is not a collage.” Pieces like compilations of celebrity photos, style or fashion boards and sketch dumps. This is not a value judgement, only an observation that these do not belong in the collage channel. A couple of times I sent a comment directly to the submitter asking why he or or she thinks the piece is a collage or asking what specific element is collaged on the piece. The replies include, “I didn’t know where else to put it.” and “It was a mistake. It should have been in . . . “
However, once I got a more detailed response that ended with, “Feel free to disagree.” So I accepted the invitation. This is a slightly edited version of how I tried to explain why a sketch dump is not a collage.
Yes, a collage is "many different things making a whole." To be accurate, the word "whole" has to mean more than just all the images are on the same page. Putting a bunch of images on the same page does not automatically make something a collage.
To be a collage the whole has to be greater than the sum of the parts. There has to be a unified whole. In a sketch dump or other kinds of compilations (fan art, style boards, etc.), you look at one image, then you look at another, and so on. The parts remain parts.
In collage, as in any art work, composition is important. In a sketch dump, as far as I can tell, there is no intentional composition. The goal of a sketch dump seems to be to put as many sketches onto one page as will fit. There is no focal point. Little variety. Little contrast. No consideration of placement. No taking advantage of being able to juxtapose images to create impact.
The word collage comes from the French for "to glue." If there is not at least one element glued or fixed in some way onto the surface, then it's not a collage. Digital collages use layers to achieve the same thing. However, if you cut out each of your sketches and glued them back onto one sheet of paper, it would still need some unifying principle at work to help it become a collage rather than just a collection of images.
1. The whole has to be greater than the sum of the parts.
2. Just because I can add another piece to my collage doesn't mean I should add another piece to my collage.
An adjunct principle is:
if a narrative emerges as I am working on a piece, I am free to develop it or ignore it.
Those are my principles meager though they may be. There are other, more sophisticated, principles such as the 2012 editorial in Kolaj Magazine, in which Benoit Depelteau laid out three criteria for what seemed like a developing context in which they -- at the magazine -- look at collage.
The act of creation must involve the selection of existing images, objects or fragments of any type, being fully aware that they carry cultural references and connotations in our collective unconscious. Then, the process must incorporate the juxtaposition of such items, to create a new composition in which the relation between elements initiates the concept. Finally, the work must underlie the intention to express structured ideas that might, but not necessarily, be included in a wider artistic, social, political, or cultural statement.
Is this collage? by Benoit Depelteau. Kolaj Magazine. Issue two. 2012.
He sidestepped the idea that at least one element must be glued to a substrate (which many of us take as a given) for a couple of reasons. First, as he points out later in the article, gluing alone does not make something a collage. Second, there are conceivably other methods of attachment such as stapling, taping, pinning, sewing that could result in a collage.
World Collage Day is May 12.
(I don't know who decided that, but there it is.)
On that day, I'd love to see dA's collage page overflowing with collages, not cartoons, or sketch dumps, not celebrity compilations or style boards, just collages, dozens of collages, hundreds of collages -- taking that day to celebrate and define the art of collage.
5f96918d5bfs1fcf007c8c291c1325ec Inside Pams
by steencool22 by EsVan
by Robert-Alan by ebbing-gale
The Last Story About Fire 18
by capelski by TeresaClark
Opioid 2 (Morphine) Seth Regulating Desperation (2018)
by Graemejukes ALonelyEmu
Hoofs on the Wind by hummbuzz
With one palm dipped in the sand by annasandalaki
new you design studio ROUGHKut#021118
by fleetofgypsies by yagey
exhale 2 Died Young (Wayfarers)
by Robert-Alan by capelski
Future Home scaleable
by ChiliSquash by RichardLeach
nothing left to imagine by Steve2727
Confusion is Nothing New half empty things
by Graemejukes by lugubriousgame
black pantomime by Robert-Alan
The Matriach Prevails (2016) In the ruff
by ALonelyEmu by kamakebelieve
The Double-Take by Graemejukes
Everlasting Loss by offermoord
Kissing Trees by SaggerK
Moleskine#120617 by yagey
what happened in the past by steve2727
15 steps tag E - FOCUS
by Fromnotesonlife by fleetofgypsies
Construir un discurso/To build a discourse