FROM KOLAJ #19
A profile of the Brooklyn Collage Collective
Etty Yaniv writes in Kolaj #19, “The rules of the Brooklyn Collage Collective are pretty hardcore. To start with, member initiation involves putting together a collage using a hundred clippings in three minutes, while hanging upside down blindfolded.” Her cheeky beginning quickly gets into a serious look at the Brooklyn Collage Collective. This group can be seen as part of a growing trend of artist collectives that have sprouted in creative hotspots like Bushwick. These are typically grassroots groups based on overall shared aesthetics or medium, and led by entrepreneurial founders who combine a clear artistic vision with business acumen. Yaniv introduces readers to founder Morgan Jesse Lappin and members of the collective. Their mission is to pave the way for both future collage artists and collage art collectors, broadening the definition of collage through collaborative exhibitions, live collaging events, education and discourse.
Their themes range from Lappin’s fascination with imagery of Bushwick’s above ground subways, old industrial buildings, graffiti, and urban architecture, to their newest member Sajjad’s interest in coalescing banknotes from around the world.
Founded in 2013 by Morgan Jesse Lappin and Lizzie Gill, the Brooklyn Collage Collective is a group of collage artists from in and around Brooklyn, New York. The collective’s mission is “to work together to push the broadening definition of collage through collaborative exhibitions, live collaging events, education and dialogues.” Visit brooklyncollagecollective.com to learn more.
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