With The Age of Collage, Gestalten Space presents its first international group exhibition on contemporary collage since its opening show Cutters Edges in 2011. The featured work of 31 artists reveals the boundless possibilities and diversity of this timeless yet timely artistic technique.
Arising out of cubism, the medium of collage has been used and expanded by Dadaists, futurists, surrealists, and pop artists over the last 100 years—and its evolution continues with unabated enthusiasm. The sampling and copying and pasting so prevalent in our digital age have given collage an even greater impetus today.
In collage, raw visual material is collected and then combined in such a way as to abstract the individual elements enough that the artist’s own vision becomes prominent. Because its references range from other artistic works and techniques to scientific images, pop culture, and erotica, this material and the resulting compositions reflect humanity’s collective visual memory and context.
The Swiss artist Beni Bischof, for example, drills through glossy photographs with sausages to create experimental collages whose messages are as unsettling as they are humorous. Virginia Echeverria, a Chilean artist based in Santiago, uses a wide range of materials, textures, forms, and colors to create new realities we can not only see, but also feel. The mysterious and emotional artwork of Eva Eun-Sil Han is created out of recurring geometric patters and surrealistic alignments, which are held together with glue or needle and thread. The Ukrainian-Danish artist Sergei Sviatchenko mixes pop culture with politics, personal reminiscences with collective memory, and architecture with science to create a logic of dreams. Nils Karsten sees his thought process reflected in the characteristics needed to create powerful collage: non-linear, absurd, grotesque, fragmented, and a little bit obsessed.
Ashkan Honarvar, Astrid Klein, Beni Bischof, Beth Hoeckel, Brandi Strickland, Charles Wilkin, Dennis Busch, Dominic McGill, Eva Eun-sil Han, Geoff J. Kim, James Gallagher, Jesse Draxler, John Stezaker, Jordan Clark, John Vincent Aranda, Jose Romussi, Julia Busch, Katrien de Blauwer, Kerstin Stephan, Leigh Wells, Liam Crockard, Linder Sterling, Luis Dourado, Matthieu Bourel, Max-o-matic, Nathaniel Whitcomb, Nils Karsten, Noa Giniger, Ruth van Beek, Sergei Sviatchenko, and Virginia Echeverria
Gestalten’s release The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art presents an even wider survey of outstanding current artwork and artists and takes an insightful behind-the-scenes look at those working with this interdisciplinary and cross-media approach.