Max Bucaille

18 06 2012

I tried to remember if I had ever created anything like Bucaille’s work. I love this work. Versions of this are probably the first collages I discovered. Its as if we have been drawn into another dimension, another reality. As I recall it was a magazine called Bizarre. Using some of their collages I wrote an English essay on Albert Camus. It was something about choices. It was actually 2 essays, split, running paralled down the page beside each other with these occasional collages. When I went to get my essay the English teacher (a pretty woman about 25) opened the door of her office about 3 inches and slid the essay out to me. She gave me a B. I think it was a B. With a big question mark at the end.

His work started in the 1940s. There is very little info about him except that he was good with numbers. And words. And that he had an obsession with his hair. Losing it. He also was not in shape. Failed to crack the rowing team at Oxford. Although I’m not sure he went to the school. Short sighted in his left eye he had an acute sense of smell.

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Randy Mora

2 03 2012

I must say I like his work. Randy Mora. Mostly. But I ask myself what makes his collages seem… unified. There is a neutral background. (And neutral colour) Upon which all the other images appear. And the images seem to grow out of each other. Rather than drift like planets in their solar system. And the images are very 50ish. A popular time for collage creators. His cuts are not seamless. He lets you see where the puzzle parts appear but the cuts are clean. And this fits in with the 50ish images. And I doubt that I will ever create anything that looks like these.

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When I wrote this review I felt like Martin Short’s Ed Grimley

Rafal Olbinski

28 02 2012

You can see Magritte. And Dali. I could go on. There is nothing wrong with having influences. And this artist has ideas. But he is not brilliant. Accomplished sounds insulting. And that is not my intent. But no matter how much I respect his work, I can’t help but thinking that I’ve seen each piece before.

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26 02 2012

What lovely patterns. Isn’t this everyone’s fantasy. Quite a step up on snow angels.

Inge Jacobsen

16 12 2011

Sometimes you have to take a look at artists who have a unique medium. In this case… knitting. Inge Jacobsen has created collages by knitting magazine covers, what she calls porno, newspaper clippings. Its clever. Though its not something that I would pursue myself. My fingers aren’t flexible enough. And I get knots.

Here is an interview with Ms. Jacobsen.

And her blog.

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11 11 2011

I first saw Ray’s work at It knocked me and many others out. Check out his home sight. More wonders. Toys and pumpkins and sand. I think he has to start working in a medium that lasts longer than a weekend.

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Dean Fleming

11 11 2011

Surrealism seems like an endless tapping of wonderful work. Dean Fleming’s art falls in that space. They are fun and inventive. They don’t knock my socks off. But then I’m not wearing socks. I’m wearing bandages.

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For an interview with the artist check out


3 11 2011

Arcimboldo. What a strange artist. What strange art. Like a parlour game. The equivalent of our modern painting – dogs playing poker.

He was famous. Perhaps like Rod McKuen. Or the multitude of authors in the 50s who sold “Number One Best Sellers” and then were heard no more.

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His work (what survived) was re-erected by the surrealists. They must have been looking for some kind of roots. (Movement always do this. Although I don’t see how it makes any difference.) I’m not keen on his work. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty well seen them all.

Romare Bearden

3 11 2011

One of the most wonderful artists. Very American. His work works like jazz. It doesn’t sit still. It moves. Everytime I look at his work I feel… proud. It makes me smile. And sad. That more Americans don’t appreciate this jewel.

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Philip Scott Johnson

24 10 2011

Its always fun to look at work by

Philip Scott Johnson.

The images are mesmerizing.