GorMatt StrangePeak Great Art Undone in the Happenstance Years, 2018-2020

GorMatt StrangePeak Great Art Undone in the Happenstance Years, 2018-2020

by Matthew J. Peake and Gordon Korstange

GorMatt StrangePeak: Great Art Undone in the Happenstance Years, 2018-2020 is the compilation of three years of collage-making by two Saxtons River, Vermont residents: artist Matthew J Peake and poet Gordon Korstange. Using techniques of surrealism such as chance, collaboration, and spontaneity, they have crafted colorful collages which have been attributed to a fictional artist appropriately named GorMatt StrangePeak residing in the obscure village of Happenstance, Vermont.

Curly Cues by Matthew J. Peake and Gordon Korstange
12″x12″; cut pieces of magazines and great art calendars/books; 2020. Courtesy of the artists.

Each collage, many made from randomly cut images of great art calendars, includes a parody of a museum label, written by the fictional curator, Jayne Doescent, as well as by other residents of Happenstance. They are said to be “displayed” in and around the village to make it a “living gallery,” and are just now collected in book form.

Great Art Undone offers a collection of collages and humorous anecdotes about art-making, artists, art critics, and, of course, about people living in today’s surreal society—and during a pandemic. It also includes instructions for readers to make their own collaborative collages “for fun and profit.”

(text adapted from the authors’ press materials)

ABOUT THE BOOK
GorMatt StrangePeak: Great Art Undone in the Happenstance Years, 2018-2020
by Matthew J. Peake and Gordon Korstange
65 pages, illustrated
12″x12″
$35 US
self-published, Rockingham, Vermont, USA; 2021

To purchase the book, contact Matthew J. Peake via email.