Collage for me is always an intimate viewing experience. You may find me with spectacles off and nose pressed near to the surface of any example within the medium. The scale of Diamonds in the Rough enhances the contrast between an up-close scrutiny and a step-back regard for the entire effect. With a large piece like this, I also enjoy visually cropping areas to create a series of virtual collage miniatures.
This micro view accentuates the ingredient elements, as in a collage miniature.
Visually, larger works are less ingredient centric, but still rely on their qualities.
I think my imagination would never tire of working with diagonals.
What is it about the diamond or the triangle that engages my mind’s eye?
This is one of my favorite areas within the total artwork.
Oddly, the legs and hands resonate with the Tapley drawing in the exhibition.
The composition’s focal center projects from the surrounding forms.
It differs energetically from the outer areas of structural perpendicularity.
To regularly bestow a new purpose on found material . . .
Without fear of contradiction, one could say that I am hooked.
The essence of collage is the contrast of the mundane and sublime.
At any rate, this is often how I perceive it.
WH—WHO’S THERE? (Look closely: Milt Caniff, that’s who.)
Somebody saw this as an homage to Roy, but Kurt used comics first.
A collage can rest divertingly upon layers of symbolic meaning.
Or it can be simply the harmonious resolution of aesthetic factors.
The dynamics of complementarity. (Is that a real word?)
More than one astute eye discovered my warm-cool “horizon.”
Composing with shape, color, contrast, rhythm, dimension.
At times, it need be about nothing more than that.
This image isolates a microcosm of the whole effect.
Are my larger works just a aggregation of collage miniatures?
Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think. Constructive criticism is encouraged at this site. To be honest, the medium of collage needs a bit more of it.