Category: Collage

Calendar. 09.21.10.

Scorched Earth, 2006, by Mark Bradford. Part of the artist’s solo residency exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus, Oh. Modern Art Notes has a story on the show here. He’s also giving away three catalogues of Bradford’s work. Nice! (Image courtesy of the Wexner.)

Calendar. 09.10.09.

Recycling Barge by Robin Michals, in Camera/Chimera. (Image courtesy of Gallery Aferro.)

The Digest. 05.04.09.

I learned to drive in a mint green ’67 Mustang. Here is John Schuh’s redo of the car company’s famous logo: Chrome, 2005. (Image courtesy of Schuh.)

The Digest. 10.15.08.

Because I’m feeling sporty this week: Ring of Honor, by Seattle artist John Schuh. See it large. (Image courtesy of Schuh.)

Calendar. 09.09.08.

Aiko at Brooklynite Gallery
Aiko at Brooklynite Gallery in Bed-Stuy. (Image courtesy of Brooklynite.)

Calendar. 09.04.08.

Power & Currency
Power & Currency, by Curtis Reidel, at Factory Fresh, in Brooklyn. (Image courtesy of Factory Fresh.)

Posted by C-Monster.

It’s all about appropriation: Street art and graffiti in studio art.

A collage composed of found stickers, by Tom Fruin at the Buia Gallery in New York in February ’08. A few of the street artists represented include: Royce Bannon, Over Consume and Ambusch. (Photos by C-M unless otherwise noted.)

For the purpose of this blog, I spend much of my spare time photographing just about everything the art industrial complex sees fit to churn out: paintings, sculpture, video, and totally weird breakfast buffets. In the past six months, I’ve noticed a small, but growing trend: studio artists (including the late Robert Rauschenberg) incorporating street and graffiti art into their work.

This takes various guises. There are painters who incorporate graffiti art into urban landscapes, assemblage artists who use elements of real-live street art in collages and sculptures, and art photographer types who go out and document all of the beautiful decay. It’s one of those interesting art world conundrums: on its own, most street art and graffiti isn’t thought to have much artistic or monetary value. But clearly there is some potency residing in this imagery if studio artists are remixing and reconfiguring it for the pristine walls of commercial galleries.

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