Morgan Jesse Lappin
Morgan Jesse Lappin
My approach to collage has changed since I started in 2007. Beginning with scissors and glue I switched to the xacto knife and artist tape. I chose archival tape over glue so that I can go back and make changes. This helped my work to evolve and grow in size. From creating works that usually measured the size of a page of a magazine consisting of three clips; I transitioned to creating complicated works consisting of hundreds upon hundreds of hand cut clips. When it comes to source material, I’ve gone from strictly using old encyclopedias to a variety of vintage magazines, books, comics, and even 3D objects. One thing that has stayed consistent in my process is adding a little of humor and love to every piece of collage I create.
Morgan Jesse Lappin (b. 1979) is a visual artist, entertainer, musician and image-maker. Lappin first started creating collage art in 2007 for a clothing company creating original designs. In 2008, Lappin moved to Brooklyn and began working with paper to create analog collages. His art, like his mind, is a combination of comedy and chaos with elements of music, vintage horror and sci-fi. Lappin’s work ranges from seven-foot-long cartoon metropolises, to fictional album covers, to take-out Greek diner coffee cups embedded with tiny paper worlds.
He uses nostalgic material from his childhood from the 80s, such as VHS Tape boxes, video game cartridges, and any other 80’s house hold items that could cause you to experience flashbacks. Having a background in collecting and curating, he set out to assemble some of his favorite collage artists from NYC, and so in 2013 the Brooklyn Collage Collective was born. The BCC has now exhibited all over the world and has a strong global presence amongst collage makers and collectors alike.
In 2017, Lappin collaborated with The Very Warm, a parent company of Weatherproof, using Lappin’s original collages to design outerwear for men and women which sold-out with Nordstrom’s. In 2018, Lappin was chosen as a guest speaker at Kolaj Fest, a multi-day festival symposium about contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society.