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CUT N’ MIX: Contemporary Collage

On view July 22, 2015 – December 12, 2015

This exhibition explores the work of artists experimenting with collage and collage techniques in ways that expand the gestures of cutting paper and mixing various mediums together. It takes as its point of departure some of the concepts from Dick Hebdidge’s series of essays collectively titled Cut N Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music, published in 1980. In this text, Hebdidge explored the variations of Caribbean reggae and dancehall and other related styles of music as emblematic markers of Caribbean ideas of nationhood, belonging, and the making of culture.

Hebdidge notes the following about additional versions of a song, a kind of sound collage that is made from the original melody: On the dub, the original tune is still recognizably there, but it is broken up. The rhythm might be slowed down slightly, a few snatches of song might be thrown in and then distorted with echo. (p. 83)

This idea of an original form of working (the paper collage) that has been changed in some way through more radical processes is addressed in various ways in this exhibition. So-called traditional collages are included, in which papers or photographs or prints or magazine images are placed over other layers of paper. In addition, more “extreme” versions of collage are featured, such as layered and burnt linoleum, overlaid cardboard and fabric, gigantic collaged works, and pop-style drawings collaged into digital videos.

The artists included in the exhibition range from established artists who are veterans of collage to new generations of artists experimenting with this malleable medium.

Participating Artists: Elia Alba, Jesse Amado, Blanka Amezkua, Javier Barrera, Maria Berrio, Cecilia Biagini, Michael Paul Britto, José Camacho, Karlos Carcamo, Nat Castañeda, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Matias Cuevas, Rafael Ferrer, Roger Gaitan, Carolina Gomez, Javier Ramirez/NADIE, Carlos Gutierrez Solana, Hector Madera, Glendalys Medina, Alex Nuñez, Catalina Parra, Carlos Rigau, Hernan Rivera Luque, Linda Vallejo, Rafael Vega and Eduardo Velázquez.

ASK THE ARTISTS

Q: IT COULD BE ARGUED THAT COLLAGE IS A METHOD THAT HELPED TO CATALYZE MODERNIST TENDENCIES, OPENING UP NEW WAYS OF SEEING AND UNDERSTANDING AND CONSIDERING CONTEMPORARY LIFE IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY. WHY DO COLLAGE ITSELF OR COLLAGE-LIKE PROCESSES CONTINUE TO BE IMPORTANT TO YOUR WAY OF WORKING?

– ROCIO ARANDA- ALVARADO, CURATOR, EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

 

Maria Berrio, Nativity, 2014, collage with Japanese paper, rhinestones, acrylic and watercolor on canvas, 48 x 60 in., Courtesy of the artist and Praxis Gallery