Matt Cunningham (aka Moon Patrol) takes inspiration from 80s era cartoons, detective pulps, retro horror and sci-fi to create a series of brilliant collages that are somehow both strangely familiar and utterly unique. See more images below.
German photographer Alma Haser takes individual portraits of identical twins and transfers them onto 500 and 1000-piece puzzles. She then plays with different combinations of pieces from each to construct trippy assemblages that are often indistinguishable aside from the subtle swapping of pieces. See more from Haser’s mind-melding series below.
Influenced by ideas around indoctrination and our ability to think critically about ourselves, Paul Cristina’s recent series is an interrogation of the lies we tell as well as the extent to which we allows ourselves to be lied to by others. As the Ohio-born, South Carolina-based artist shared with us:
“In my work, I want to confront that place inside of myself that I know nothing about. It is where our fear, hate, anger, insecurity and dysfunction reside. I want to explore what might be below the surface of those things – in a place where truths can be found, regardless of how disturbing or unpleasant they may be.”
See more images from “We Were Never Told the Truth About the Dying of the Sun” below.
A mesmerizing collage by Chicago-based artist Yuge Zhou. Made using hundreds of video clips shot in New York subways, “Underground Circuit” offers a theatrical and labyrinthine presentation of urban space, that places the viewer at the centre of the action. See more below or on display at the Paul Watkins Art Gallery at Winona State University as a part of Yuge Zhou’s solo exhibition In the Shape of a City until November 8. Photo credit: Rory O’Driscoll.
Last published in 1978, The Wines of Gala is Salvador Dalí’s eccentric guide to wine grapes and their origin. Filled with over 140 appropriated artworks and collages collected and created by Dalí, the book is an equally surreal follow-up to TASCHEN’s reprinting of the artist’s cookbook Les Diners de Gala. In addition to Jean-François Millet’s The Angelus, which was a constant point of reference in Dali’s works, visuals include a Bacchus-like kitten, and a sort of tableau vivant featuring Dali himself.
In keeping with Dalí’s efforts to create artwork based on his emotions, memories, and dreams, the artist chose to organize the wines in the book by how they influenced his mood. The groupings are appropriately imaginative classifications including such section titles as “Wines of Frivolity,” “Wines of the Impossible,” and “Wines of Light.” A section in the book also outlines Dalí’s method of ordering wine by emotional experience, quoting the artist’s famous credo: “A real connoisseur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.”
In these stark photographic collages that seem to possess the infinite density of a fractal, artist Yang Yongliang (previously) questions unchecked industrialization, the impact of climate change, and pressing social issues in his native China. Each image seems to suggest a post-apocalyptic future where the forces of urbanization collide with the natural world, creating a drab black and white dystopia. “The artist keeps developing a critic approach to reality while searching for a spiritual source in his country’s relentless march between technological progress and annihilation,” states Galerie Paris-Beijing.
As part of this new series titled Time Immemorial, Yongliang began with a series of digital collages that were printed in negative on fine art paper. Each piece was then photographed with a traditional film camera and prints were developed by hand. Lastly, the artworks are mounted on back-lit wooden cases to fulfill the artist’s intent to preserve digital imagery on photographic film.
Time Immemorial opens at Galerie Paris-Beijing on November 4, 2017.
Artist and designer Matthias Jung (previously here and here) collages unique elements of architecture to create imaginary homes set in isolated landscapes. The works float above environments on the outskirts of civilization, appearing like a mirage above rolling plains or an arctic glacier.
The details Jung chooses for his compositions are selected based on the feelings they elicit. For example, the German designer might select latticed windows to convey a sense of coziness in a work, while including concrete to provoke a certain coldness. When combined, the homes serve as short poems, collaged emotions packaged into surreal structures.
Jung began the series of houses in early January 2015. You can view more of his past architectural collages by visiting his website gallery here.
Animator Jake Fried (previously) is known for his hand-drawn ink and white-out films that incorporate dense imagery and symbolism across a rapidly changing field of view, all photographed frame by frame. His latest piece, Paper Trail, introduces a collage-like feel through a lovely layering technique. You can see many more of his films on Vimeo.