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Facts Well Known to Himself

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

 

Facts Well Known to Himself
collage artifact by J A Dixon
7.25 x 10.75 inches
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Gloom and Splendor

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

 

Gloom and Splendor
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5.25 x 8 inches
 
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His Wounded Manhood

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

 

His Wounded Manhood
collage miniature on book cover by J A Dixon
5.125 x 8.125 inches
 
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V: To Beds Less Sanctified

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

 
V: To Beds Less Sanctified ~ a collage experiment on paper by John Andrew Dixon

V: To Beds Less Sanctified
collage experiment on paper by J A Dixon
6.75 x 7 inches
 
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Her Wordless Desolation

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

 

Her Wordless Desolation
collage miniature on book cover by J A Dixon
5.125 x 8.125 inches
 
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Satisfaction of the Moment

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

 
Satisfaction of the Moment ~ J A Dixon

Satisfaction of the Moment
collage miniature on book cover by J A Dixon
4.875 x 7.5 inches
 
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Caroni: Vexing Trifles

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

 
Caroni: Vexing Trifles ~ a collage experiment on paper by John Andrew Dixon

Caroni: Vexing Trifles
collage experiment on paper by J A Dixon
6.75 x 7 inches
 
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1340: Discreet Curiosities

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

 
1340: Discreet Curiosities ~ a collage experiment on paper by John Andrew Dixon

1340: Discreet Curiosities
collage experiment on paper by J A Dixon
6.75 x 7 inches
 
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Cult of Enthusiasm

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

 
Cult of Enthusiasm ~ John Andrew Dixon ~ collage artist from Danville, Kentucky ~ follow his blog on ‘all things collage’ called The Collage Miniaturist, established in 2012 during the centennial of collage

Cult of Enthusiasm
collage miniature on book cover by J A Dixon
6.125 x 8.125 inches
 
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Collage and the Art of Humor

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
— Mark Twain

The evolving medium of collage betrayed its sense of humor from the outset, over a hundred years ago. There are countless variants of humor — satire, sarcasm, incongruity, hyperbole, mild irony, outright farce — to cite merely a few. Most, if not all, have presented themselves in a collage format during the tumultuous century that followed. From my point of view, the humor we may find in Dada and Surrealism are byproducts of the movements’ overarching goals. But, we might ask, was the avant-garde intending to be funny at times, or were they deadly serious about weaponizing shock value as a visual tactic, bequeathing any laughs to those of us who would arrive many decades later? On the other hand, how can poking fun at established traditions and ideologies not be classified as humor? I welcome the thoughts of all readers who have chuckled at the work of Hannah Höch, or sensed dark amusement in a Max Ernst composition. Even when outrage from a target group is the primary objective, a subversive artist also may be hoping to elicit a humorous response from those of like mind. As we know, humor, like beauty, rests in the eye of the beholder.

Eduardo Paolozzi created his whimsical Bunk! collage series in 1947. During that same year, Kurt Schwitters, with the bulk of his far-reaching breakthroughs behind him, displayed his acknowledged sense of humor when he created “For Kate.” Both were envisioning the coming thing — Pop Art (Popism) — a movement to throttle the contemporary scene some 20 years later. Steve Martin got it right when he explained, “Chaos in the midst of chaos isn’t funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.” Did Mark Twain anticipate a Mel Brooks and how the art of stimulating laughter could enable a towering denunciation of fascism? Are there times when creativity’s greatest power is best unlocked with a joke?

Now indulge me as I feature a few examples of humor in collage from artists that have touched my funny bone. I must admit that this subject brings to mind Terry R Flowers, perennial wit in the art form. It would be too easy to fill a screen with an array of his artistic wisecracks, especially in his role as veteran collaborator with Robert Hugh Hunt.

Some of these practitioners rely on a minimalist, juxtapositional approach — a sort of comedic “one-liner” — while others evoke a wry quality with a more complex effect. Perhaps nothing is more subjective than humor, so let them speak for themselves.

You’re encouraged to bring others to my attention, and I’ll prepare a follow-up entry!
 

Eugenia Loli

Susan Ringler

Dani Sanchis

Matthew Rose

Bob Scott

Sato Masahiro

Sabine Remy

Raul Ruzzene

Flore Kunst

Terry R Flowers

Drill Instructor ~ J A Dixon

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All Are Dispossessed

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

 
All Are Dispossessed ~ J A Dixon

All Are Dispossessed
collage miniature on book cover by J A Dixon
7 x 9 inches
 
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