domestic collage

6 03 2011

I see a lot of this type of collage work.  They call it crafts. Although that sounds condescending. It is not very exciting but you can tell that people find great satisfaction in their creations.

“As fine engravings proliferated in affordable printed material, a practice of amateur collage grew up among affluent girls and women in the industrialising world. The products of this domestic craft — unusual and distorted images inside ‘scrap’ albums and on fire-screens filled with re-combined chromolithographs, engraved prints, and even original domestic photographs — would have been known only to their family and intimate social circle. But the practice nevertheless ran in parallel to the standard photography of the time, and it may have informed the craze for surreal combination printing in the 1880s.”

Oscar Rejlander

6 03 2011

One of the first collage artist. Oscar worked mostly with original photographs. It is always interesting to go back and look at some of his work.

Oscar Gustave Rejlander

1857: “The Two Ways of Life”.

“Working in Wolverhampton, Oscar Rejlander took six weeks to create a seamless combination print from 32 negatives. Loosely based on a classical theme, there were two versions — both complex high Victorian tableaux. They depict the life-choices of a young man, Industry or Dissipation. It was first shown at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857, when many objected to the nudity. But Royal patronage followed, and Rejlander moved to London and made his name as “the father of art photography”. His later The Bachelor’s Dream (circa 1860) is an almost proto-surrealist staged picture.”


6 03 2011

Just brought out my first of three jazz novels. It is called DAY SHIFT. The series is called ‘OPEN 24hrs‘. I named it after the drug store in a local plaza that advertises itself as open for 24 hours. And of course it is about life. Which is always open. The three novels are named after work shifts. Day Shift. Afternoon Shift. And Graveyard Shift. The stories concern themselves with the patrons and employees of the plaza. I call them jazz novels because 1. the insertion of jazz themes into stories 2. the use of improvisation not only in the story lines but in the use of images 3. the rhythm of the grammar.