COLLAGE ON VIEW
Bruce Helander: The Pre-arranged Marriage of Pablo, & Other Scenic Viewpoints
at Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
7-28 March 2020
Bruce Helander’s “The Pre-arranged Marriage of Pablo, & Other Scenic Viewpoints” follows his most recent exhibition in New York City, where he introduced a series of large-scale works based on collage studies that incorporate imagery produced by Pablo Picasso in the 1930s. Helander has worked exclusively in collage compositions since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, and later was a regular contributing artist to The New Yorker. During the 2010s, he pursued experiments in collage that were intended as maquettes for large-scale paintings on canvas.
Helander’s mother, who also was an artist and attended the Rhode Island School of Design, introduced Helander as a child to abstract expressionism and cubism through her art school books. Appropriation has been a central aesthetic ingredient in his work, as the materials utilized in collage are normally from the printed page, which he rearranges into an original composition.
(adapted from the gallery’s press materials)
Octavia Art Gallery
700 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 USA
and by appointment