The Absorption of Refracted Joss

April 14th, 2020

 

The Absorption of Refracted Joss
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— distributed in the exchange

The Stockpiling of Expectant Mirth

April 12th, 2020

 

The Stockpiling of Expectant Mirth
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— distributed in the exchange

The Overexposure of Stiff Peaks

April 10th, 2020

 

The Overexposure of Stiff Peaks
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— distributed in the exchange

The Exclusion of Caramelized Preferment

April 8th, 2020

 

The Exclusion of Caramelized Preferment
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— distributed in the exchange

The Aroma of Fermented Proximity

April 6th, 2020

 

The Aroma of Fermented Proximity
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— distributed in the exchange

The Wisdom of Retrograde Shortening

April 4th, 2020

“Our intuition is always operating for us. Usually, however, we don’t act on it. When I made the conscious decision to start acting on thoughts that were coming through my head, amazing ‘coincidences’ began to occur.”
— Susan Jeffers
 

Each composition in this series started with a central rectangular zone and some of the elements extend out into the black field when it helped to create a dynamic balance. My tendency is to not overthink an underlying design, and I prefer to keep the process as spontaneous as possible. The same is true of the ingredient subject matter. Any potential symbolic meanings become more apparent after I stop.

Many of you who read this know what it’s like to have something just “belong,” and when it “feels right” to occupy a particular space. All of this happens without having to get too intellectual about it, and then the resulting coincidental associations emerge into perception. Antero Alli thinks that what has been described as “synchronicity” will eventually be called a skill.

 

The Wisdom of Retrograde Shortening
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— retained by the artist

The Anatomy of Unleavened Extensibility

April 2nd, 2020

 

The Anatomy of Unleavened Extensibility
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— retained by the artist

The Window of Flocked Alliteration

March 31st, 2020

 

The Window of Flocked Alliteration
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— retained by the artist

The Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange

March 29th, 2020

“Works will be sorted and exchanged as equally as possible according to quality. The intention of all of the Museum’s exchanges is to establish a dialog and exchange of ideas about how to work in the mediums of collage and montage among colleagues. By exchanging actual examples we get to see first hand how each other works. This is intended to lead to higher standards and more inspired and satisfying work.”
— Cecil Touchon
 

Not having participated in an international collage exchange since 2016, I set my sights on the spring installment of a tradition established at the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction.

The basic reference point for the exchange is the customary 12 donuts plus free sample. “Except, to make it easier, we have changed it to a Baker’s 1/2 Dozen Exchange,” according to Cecil Touchon, the Museum’s director. Six to trade with contributing artists and one to be retained as part of the Museum’s permanent collection for future study and exhibit.

I created a series of eleven miniatures within a common black-background theme and kept three for myself. From the remaining eight, I identified one as a specific donation to IMCAC (featured below), with the understanding that Touchon would select another for retention and supply the others to designated participants. I couldn’t help but insert a visual homage to the typographic artist himself. Now all I have to do is wait patiently before I get back six original artworks by collage contemporaries.

The original notion of a collage museum compiled by generations of artists themselves (rather than patrons, collectors, or philanthropists) is a powerful idea to me. I can never tip my hat to Cecil often enough. Archiving the large and growing repository is both a labor of love and a significant gesture of commitment to the medium. Working collage artists should be honored to support the cause and make their best effort to be included in the Museum’s flagship collection intended for traveling exhibitions. A good way to do it is to dedicate some creative time to their periodic exchange. And each of us receives valuable artwork in return.
 

The Fog of Glazed Eggwash
collage miniature by J A Dixon
8 x 10 inches
 
part of a series created for the
Baker’s 1/2-Dozen Collage Exchange
— donated to the IMCAC permanent collection

Bringing the ‘Haus’ repository up to date . . .

March 22nd, 2020

“Once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
— Charles Schultz
 

I think back to when John’s Haus of Cards produced 200-to-300 handmade cards a year — for birthdays and celebrations, for sickness and sorrow. Compare that to my current output, and I’m certainly not “picking up speed.” But I have no thoughts of giving it up. It’s still one of my favorite things to do. Check out my full archive of greetings.
 

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Sweet Petite
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Omega, collection of D L Dixon

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!     collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Daughter + Mother
collage greeting cards by J A Dixon
series Alpha/Omega hybrid, private collection

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Mighty Joan
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Alpha, collection of J D A Wood

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Sym-patti-co
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Omega, collection of P Powell

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Bouquet of Hearts
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Omega, private collection

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

A Natalie Day
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Alpha/Omega hybrid, collection of N Sluga

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

Foot’s Choice
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Omega, collection of W W Barefoot

collage greeting card by John’s Haus of Cards!

For Alyx
collage greeting card by J A Dixon
series Alpha, collection of A Kenner

Mindful of the most vulnerable

March 15th, 2020

There is no profit in worry for something beyond one’s control. It is a time to think clearly, to focus on what one can actually affect, to be extremely inquisitive, to be self-sufficient, and to take care for the vulnerable. Here is a collage miniature that I attached to a hand-crafted card for a friend, good patron, and person of faith who is currently at high risk.

In Praise of Prayer
greeting card miniature by J A Dixon
4.8125 x 5 inches
private collection