Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center
We are pleased to announce the opening of "Remix" at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, on the campus of State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri, September, 29 – December, 16, 2012. "Remix" presents the work of over 100 artists drawn from the ICC's permanent lending and research collection alongside further loans from prominent artists, the second edition of the tour includes additional artists, please see below for the complete list.
To celebrate the opening please join us for a panel discussion and reception, Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 2 – 4 p.m. The discussion in the college's Stauffacher Theater, entitled “Collage: A Remixed Consideration,” will feature Pavel Zoubok, founder and artistic director of the International Collage Center; exhibiting artists Lisa Hoke and Joel Carreiro; and Thomas Piché Jr., Director, Daum Museum. A reception will follow in the museum until 4 p.m. The panel discussion and reception are free and open to the public.
“Remix” co-curated by Founder & Artistic Director Pavel Zoubok and Director Rachael Lawe features selections from the ICC’s permanent collection and loans from prominent artists and collectors.
The narrative of Collage is woven through the history of modern and contemporary art. It is an expansive and encyclopedic concept with its own unique lexicon of forms and values. The ICC Collection gathers together the diverse fragments of this rich artistic tradition to create vital links between historical and contemporary practices, to “remix” the narrative of Collage.
With a varied history that reaches back through centuries of artistic expression, it was within the twentieth century that Collage emerged as a major force through a range of artistic movements. The term developed from the French word coller meaning to glue or stick, with Picasso and Braque using the term papier collé to describe a revolutionary approach to art making. This is the narrowest definition of the term, which quickly expanded to include diverse practices such as Assemblage and Photomontage. Over time these terms came to signify much more than a simple art technique, but represented an approach, philosophy and perception of the modern world.
Collage’s lexicon was also inextricably bound to the concept of the Avant-garde, beginning with Cubism, Constructivism, Dada and Surrealism. Collage continued to be a core catalyst in later art movements including Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Fluxus. Modernity was characterized by a shift and reappraisal of the boundaries between life and art; Collage was a vital part of this process, it included a vast array of materials from the quotidian to the precious and subjects both universal and personal. Collage conveyed immediacy and intimacy both in its production and in the viewer’s response. Found images and objects, culled from daily life, were recast and reimagined in singular works of art. “Remix” reinvigorates this legacy by exerting the relevance of Collage as a philosophy to comprehend the layered experience that characterizes contemporary society.
“Remix” explores many of the dominant themes of Collage and mixed-media, including; the long-standing relationship between Collage and Poetry, the use of Collage as an extension of painting both in figuration and abstraction, Collage as a form of cultural, social and political resistance and Collage as an expression of the diaristic and archival impulse. Materials and process have always played a central role in Collage. Artists employ all manner of printed ephemera to explore a broad range of subjects such as mapping, commercial culture, appropriation and technology. Equally important is the question of scale, with many artists challenging the spatial and material boundaries of this traditionally intimate art form.
The visual culture of Collage is more relevant today than ever, asserting itself not only as a rich formal language, but also as a mode of perception. Fragmentation, fracture, sampling, appropriation, hybrids, and layering are all fundamental concepts that define the field of Collage. These terms have become a fundamental part of our collective consciousness, particularly in the ever-expanding realm of Cyberspace, which is rapidly asserting itself as the newest frontier in Collage. The vital links between the historical past and our technology-driven present are central to the ICC’s mission and to the spirit of this exhibition.
ICC national touring exhibition
“Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center”
The Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
- October – December, 2011
The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
- September – December, 2012
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
- June – October, 2013
Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
- October – December, 2013
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME
- January – March, 2014