Exhibitions

Announcements and reviews of exhibitions that feature collage.

Exhibition – Audrey Smith and Maggie Kleinpeter at Blast Gallery

This month, BLAST Gallery in Teaneck, NJ, presents an exhibition of the work of artists Audrey Smith and Maggie Kleinpeter.

Around 2007 Audrey Smith began creating collages in a Moleskine sketchbook as a creative exercise. A year into the project she began to take another serious look at collage and mixed media art, and it blossomed into a new creative focus. Her work has evolved from simple abstract constructions to a more narrative and surrealistic style. She combines vintage and antique medical and science illustration, photographs, and advertising with rich color, patterns, and type. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and has been published in books and art periodicals.

This series of art is the intersection between Maggie Kleinpeter’s creative life as a painter and her design work for Supermaggie, a screen printed apparel company she operates with Michael Pittard. Incorporating her drawings and photographs along with vintage artwork, these whimsical compositions are created by artfully layering the screen printed images used on Supermaggie apparel. In these artworks the images are transformed from simple prints to layered and textured dreamlike scenarios with the suggestion of a narrative.

Exhibition – Carlos Noronha Feio at IMT Gallery

Plant Life of the Pacific World is a controversial exhibition of delicate flower and plant forms assembled from collaged photographs of nuclear explosions. In this new work Noronha Feio plays with the relationships between beauty, conflict, the foreign and the domestic.

Each work has been classified in accordance with American botanist E. D. Merrill’s book from which the exhibition takes its name. Originally published for military use in 1945, the book’s dry classification of flora is transformed by Noronha Feio into an explosive revelry of intense, amoebic forms. Plant Life of the Pacific World defuses one of the most recognisable symbols of destruction, horror and power to create a sumptuous taxonomy combining the nuclear mutations of popular fiction, the evolutionary mutations of Darwin’s Galapagos and an imagined botany of Bikini Atoll, whose use as nuclear testing grounds followed the book’s publication.

Review: Collage Group Expo at Monastiraki

Benoit Depelteau reviews this collage exhibition at one of Montreal’s favourite art spots.

“The interest of such a show is to offer a panorama of the different practices in collage at the moment. Like a snapshot, it documents the vivacity of Montreal’s scene.”

Exhibition – John Stezaker at Kemper Museum

January 27 to April 23, 2012

John Stezaker
at Kemper Museum

The exhibition reveals his lifelong fascination with the potent force of images, showcasing his investigations into the ways visual language can create meanings that vary dramatically according to context.

Happy Childhood: Jason Galligan-Baldwin

at Galerie Maison Kasini

January 14th to February 18th, 2012

Jason Galligan-Baldwin presents a series of collage-paintings that explore childhood memory. When the artist’s mother gave him a box filled with his childhood drawings of astronauts, report cards, and poorly-received term papers, he saw it as a new artistic undertaking.