We are overcome by images: they relentlessly appear, in both analog and digital form, all around us. They function both as arbiters of truth and the bearers of disinformation. Collage is a recognition of this fact. It is, in both aesthetic and technique, central to contemporary culture. By allowing us to question the givenness of images, is a method to understand and participate in the widespread cultural practices of layering, juxtaposition, and remixing which are so central to their circulation. Maybe most importantly, collage offers a new way of seeing. As our guest juror Rachel Wolff notes, “...collage is really about seeing. The materiality serves that seeing in interesting ways, but I think it’s an optical medium primarily, an unmediated presentation how an artist sees and interprets the stuff of the world around them.”
This exhibition includes a wide variety of practices, although the selection focuses on the collaged aesthetic. Ranging from the figurative to the abstract, these works bring together familiar images and give them new and unexpected life, offering the viewer a new visual experience.
About the Juror:
Rachel Wolff is a writer, editor, and video producer/director based in Brooklyn, New York. She's written about visual art for New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ARTnews, Art + Auction, and Modern Painters, among other publications. She’s covered exhibitions of Impressionist, Modern, Postwar, and Contemporary art around the world; she’s profiled such artists as Kerry James Marshall, Amy Sillman, Adrian Ghenie, Sue Williams, Nathalie Djurberg, Pier Paolo Calzolari, and Wangechi Mutu; and she has contributed to various exhibition catalogues and panel discussions.
Rachel is also the co-founder and creative director of SandenWolff, a boutique video production company where she has written, produced, and directed video content for a range of galleries and institutions including Brooklyn Museum, Christie's, Jewish Museum, Lévy Gorvy, The New School, Public Art Fund, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum and Swiss Institute.
Marie-Ange Ackad, Josh Alan, Valerie Allen, Adina Andrus, Kevin Arnold, Lisa Barcy, Emily Barnet,t Allan Bealy, Théo Bignon, Amy Cannon, Marcel Ceuppens, Vivian Charlesworth, Brita d'Agostino, Ben DiNino, Peter Dowker, Corinne Duchesne, Jonathan Duci, Shari Epstein, Elizabeth Fernandez, Leslie Fry, Nicholas Gagliardi, Jonathan Gibson, Beka Goedde, Sharon Hart, Adrian Hatfield, Sally Herman, Melissa Joseph, Robbin Juris, Louise Laplante, John Lawler, Janet Maher, Hildy Maze, Elizabeth McFalls, Catherine Mellinger, Chad Moore, Samantha Morris, John Mosher, Melissa Murray, Derek Owens, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Angela Piehl, Kelly Popoff, Kare Smith, Emily Somoskey, Brandy Wolfe, Jenn Wood