New Book: Recycled Trophies by Zach Collins & Aaron Beebe
Recycled Trophies is a collection of twenty collages in two states of being: starters and finishes. The two artists, who have never met in person, collaborated over email in a visual conversation where one would start a collage and the other would finish it. The starter collage is presented next to the finished collage. The reader sees how one artist takes the original thought of the other and finishes it by changing its reality completely. In a world where things are not always what they appear to be, where truth lies somewhere in the middle of a dialogue, Recycled Trophies is the perfect comment on contemporary life.
Recycled Trophies is published by Maison Kasini, publishers of Kolaj.
by Zach Collins & Aaron Beebe
full colour, 44 pages, 11.5″x8″, soft cover, saddle-stitched, $20 CAD
Maison Kasini Books, Montreal, 2013
Zach Collins’ collages are a personal expression of time, place, and thought. “I think of it as evidence of experience garnered from found overlooked fragments, discarded objects and vintage imagery collected from off the street, magazines, and second hand stores,” said Collins. “I bring pieces in and out of the composition to see how they react and respond to each other, and rely on instinct and inner experience as I decide what stays and what goes.” Born in Grinnell, Iowa, he studied at Upper Iowa University and the University of Iowa. He is currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is pursuing an MFA degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Collins is an active collaborator who as worked with over eighty artists to date. He has exhibited his work internationally.
Aaron Beebe’s manual, cut-and-paste collages mainly consist of ephemera found through his daily travels. His artwork is made of tangible materials, which is a nice change of pace in a digital world. Beebe, a self-taught artist and design school dropout, divides his time between collaging, screen-printing, and graphic design. Beebe grew up in Virginia Beach, where he was greatly influenced by surf and skate culture. His style stems from a collection of various visual artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, David Carson, and more recently, Fred Free, Kareem Rizk, and Brandon McLean.