http://vimeo.com/82096614  JOHN  STEZAKER British artist talks about his collages


John Stezaker: Pair IV, 2007, Collage.
John Stezaker, Muse (Film Portrait Collage) XVIII, 2012

John Stezaker (British, b.1949) is one of the leading artists in modern photographic collage and appropriation. Employing vintage photographs, old Hollywood film stills, travel postcards and other printed matter, Stezaker creates seductive and fascinating small-format collages that bear qualities of Surrealism, Dada, and found art. Indeed, in referring to the large compendium of images he has collected, Stezaker asserts that the images “find him,” not the other way around. With surgical-like precision, Stezaker excises, overlays and conjoins distinct images to create new personalities, landscapes and scenes.

Raoul Hausmann ‘The Art Critic’, 1919–20© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

Using vintage magazines and books, Jesse Treece creates surreal and simple works, often using images of space and children to create an impossible perspective on everyday life.

Jesse Treece


Indian Dancer, 1930. Hannah Hoch.
Hannah Höch, Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party) 1936

http://www.annegret-soltau.de/en/pages/monography   German photographer feminist avante garde 70s-80s  Annegret Soltau

Annegret-soltau-logo 9/11 series



Take a look at the 80’s Starn Twins work-they are still going strong with installations–  taping-reassemblage-wax-tissue working the surface of image—treating the photo as a canvas to build upon rather than keep sterile.

starn twins
starn twins
starn twins


Ask yourself important consideration–do you want your collage to appear seamless-more like a montage–or do you want the incongruous elements to clearly show their edges–how much do you want distortion and surrealist elements of scale to dominate image and create meaning? Do you want to keep most of the image in tact but just add some elements or do you want to work with completely deconstructed elements of a picture and build a new one entirely with the parts? Look at the collage work you like and see what you are responding to-the formal elements -the thematic narratives–the emotional content that is re-established?

scissors glue, mod podge, matt medium, tape, double edge tape, brayer helps alot, your photos, found photos, vintage magazine images (you can print images from online also–public domain), patterns,scrapbooking papers, wrapping, basically anything with an image on paper–you can add sewing to it–or embellish surface with anything else you desire–only limitation is your imagination. You can rephotograph it too–combine b/w and color images-think pattern-form-content-and SCALE–you can do your collage on board-wood-canvas-metal–whatever surface you want–try to work LARGE

-sometimes soaking papers help them to adhere to difficult surfaces–mod podge MATT–matt medium GOLDEN, SOFT GET GLOSS by GOLDEN very good for collaging papers–especially if using tissue paper SOFT GEL is best won’t tear it–use regular GEL GLOSS for any transparencies being glued down

-Make sure you use primed gesso canvas–or you can buy gesso and prime roll canvas yourself


http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-make-a-mixed-media-photo-collage-on-canvas  some good tips here–you can wet down laser print copies

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