A Collage Story
It was ten years ago
The wall was in a French bakery that provided “banettes” to restaurants and hotels, yet close enough to its neighborhood to allow the local school children to exhibit their art work on that wall.
As it happened I had just moved in an apartment with a balcony looking over four lush rear yards, countless balconies with umbrellas, cloth lines, seats and tables, bikes, flower pots, etc. … all potential subjects for colored paper collages.
The idea of putting up collages on that wall grew until I approached the owner’s wife with the idea of putting a temporary exhibition of collages in the shape of an arch on the upper part of the wall where the children’s art was exhibited … she agreed and we named it “The Rainbow Show”!
The Rainbow Show
That was the title of the show from which I have selected a few collages, combined to others, with their descriptive captions and grouped into three thematic sets as follows:
Collage compositions based on the classic rainbow colours
Collage compositions inspired by the style of known painters
In the style of Paul-Émile Borduas
In the style of Pierre Soulages
In the style of Tom Wesselman
Original collage compositions:
That was ten years ago; produced well before my two previous Cultural Daily posts dealing with collages: the “wizardy of odds” and “imagining out of chance association”.
This post seems, when compared to them, to be more visually fancyful and spontaneous, as if using the rainbow colours gave them a playful creative freshness the most recent posts could not muster, in spite of their own studied qualities.
Credit all collages to Maurice Amiel
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maurice Amiel, M. Arch. (U.C. Berkeley) is retired professor of Environmental Design at the School of Design, University of Quebec at Montreal, where he was involved mainly in environment-behaviour teaching and applied research projects. In order to promote environmental awareness, he has turned after retiring to documenting and writing about various physical and human agents contributing to a sense of self, place and sociability ... I wish to add to my interests the fundamental role of light in photography and the visual structure of all 2D forms of artwork.