There's a video of the collaborative novel's progress thus far. oops, I lied, the link died, let me see if I can repair it. This is an update post and the update isn't functioning. Read on, it will mayhaps become interesting.
If the video is not available, we have incredibly wonderful options. My dad loved Dean Martin. My mom thought Frank Sinatra was a punk. Really. She said that, Ruth did. I admit to listening to Sinatra but I hate to wait until she died at 93 to crank it up in our house (she lived with us for 20 years).
Work continues on the Ann Head but progress is slow.
This sore throat/fever/aches and pain - stuffy and I can't rest syndrome is for the birds. My sedentary days make the dogs nutzo bazooms because I won't take them for a walk until the sun goes down and the air is cooler.
My little household fills quickly with internal squalor as my health declines. Rob [my muse] remained home last night as The Assemblagist ventured out into the public domain to seek inspiration and comfort amongst friends and family.
While the opening act proved sufficient to reduce my ill-gotten cold symptoms, by the second hour my throat began to its quick descent into complete oblivion as my tonsils and adenoids became visions of past infections.
An attorney in Brooklyn, NY recently sent a link to a very interesting discussion concerning collages.
Since laywers have to go to collage for a long time, I figured he knew what he was talking about.
I went to collage in North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, and even Holland (that's The Netherlands for your purists).
Collages... my favorite way to learn:
"Collage has thus been deployed both as a mode of political resistance and as a protest against the commodity form, as an instrument of totalitarian propaganda and as a capitalist advertising tactic. It was this oscillation — a sweeping applicability to both the popular and the political, consumption and negation — that would usher in the late-twentieth-century turn to collage as a common and essential form of rethinking, repositioning, and reworking media."
That's from ArtForum, a very remarkable read for anyone artistically inclined.
An influential artist recently declared 2009 to be the "Year of Assemblage". Those of us who remain firmly grounded upon the pocosin of common sense application can well appreciate the rumor in this announcement.
The beauty of the assemblagist mind, the pure and passionate intensity of their vision, unfanciful and undressed up. Such artists have nightmares in which they can not distinguish the true from the literate. Waking within the confines of a normal structure will determine the outcome of the moment. --Spencer Montgomery
In the development of the Absolute, the definition of the substance evolves into a pluralistic tendency grounded firmly in the realism of the period.
This, then, is how the assemblage artist thinks. In concrete literal definitions of immutable objects. Lessened only by contact with reality, these objects become desires.
That's all I'm saying... and it's true. Those readers who do not embrace the Reality of Assemblage Combined have never visited a 91-year-old dementia patient who just broke their elbow and cracked open the back of their head because she forgot she no longer knew how to walk.
While researching Cubist collage techniques, the history of Matisse and his Cubist contributions, this nice bit of "how to" came up on Google. Many thanks to Ken Schwab for posting a lesson plan geared toward high school-age art students on IncredibleArt.org.
The Assemblagist gives you these "Tips": 1. Magazines to cull for photos, text, color in collage construction can usually be found on the FREE table at your local library. 2. Take old old magazines from your doctor's waiting room. The 2008 May 25 issue of Time magazine is not relevant to any patient. Seriously. 3. Check sites like: Create for Less clearance section for more supplies. (not a paid endorsement) 4. AC Moore, Michaels, you know the drill, JoAnn's .... 5. plywood can be used in place of cardboard or mat board, 1⁄4" thickness. 6. I frequently use parts of discarded chests of drawers for my base -- disassemble the drawer and use the bottom or side pieces of wood. The better made furniture with dove-tailing on the joints makes for interesting art.
And now for your lesson, again thanks to Ken Schwab:
1. After reviewing Picasso and Braque with a video (several titles are available - Google it) and a text portion of Cubism (Art History), students are set up with a ruler, newsprint, pencil and eraser. Have a group of objects set up in the room for a still life. Ken likes to use the same things Picasso and Braque used such as guitars, wine bottles, fruit, violins, trumpets, etc.
2. With the students around the still life have them begin with a few straight lines on the newsprint, some vertical, some horizontal and some diagonal (about five to start). Talk to them about stylization and simplification of form into to flat shape.
3. When they start to draw these contours of objects, have them start at the top and move down the page. When they get to the lines, shift over and continue to draw the object. Add more lines from parts of the objects that they have started. Have them make at least three studies differing the object used and new lines.
4. Pick out the best design and transfer it to the scrap matt board and this will be the color of the picture.
5. Outline the design with a narrow black pen. Plan out a value pattern using a black felt tip pen.
6. Select at least three areas to collage newspapers or sheet music and use a spray adhesive to glue them down.
7. Use the palette and watercolors to produce a faux wood grain by painting lines, blending with a moistened brush and putting a tone across the area for a light value.
8. Lastly use white and black charcoal pencils and graphite pencils to draw into shapes and make gradations where you like.
Part 2 will discuss Cubist Collage as an art form, yes, it's backwards. Part 1 should discuss history and technique with Part Deux being the actual creationist part of the collage.
So check back irregardless of contextual order. I'll post the Cubist Collage Dialog on Monday.