Copenhagen based collage artist.
Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.
With the advent of digital tools such as Photoshop, collage in contemporary surrealistic art become one of the primary techniques to create surreal artwork. Simultaneously, with the ubiquity of camera phones (everyone is a photographer) and screens (how many ads do we see a day?) we a seeing a more nostalgic style to the style of some surreal artists. This may be a reaction to conceptual art and our digital interfaces as a way to differentiate art from, well, not art. This is not just simulated with retro styled photo filters but with the choice of materials. Artists such as Eugene Loli, Trash Riot, and Felipe Posada make ample use of decades-old illustration and photography. With this choice of materials, the work separates itself from “regular” photography (a window into the world) or film and develops its own retro-futuristic or retro-psychedelic aesthetic. Other Collage artists such as Khan Nova and Wahndur use digital tools and clean, contemporary styles to create their own surrealistic visions.
Eugenia Loli creates surrealist collages from vintage magazines. Her work blends nostalgia with psychedelia in a retro-futurist space-age epoxy that rivals the Dadaist collage masters.
Collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop art, dada, and traditional surrealism. Loli’s background is almost as diverse as the imagery she employs, having been born in Greece and living in Germany and the UK before settling in California. She previously worked as a nurse, a computer programmer, and as a technology journalist, but has only recently found a calling in collage work with publication in numerous magazines since 2013.
About Eugenia Loli
Q: Who the heck are you?
A: I’m Eugenia. I grew up in Greece, but I’ve also lived in Germany and UK. These days I live in California. I’ve been a (terrible) nurse, a computer programmer, a (rather successful) technology journalist, and a filmmaker. In April 2012, after I had just finished an animated music video, I decided to try collaging after the knowledge I gathered from making the animation. I got hooked ever since! Here is a short list of my publications so far.
Some random tidbits: I love sci-fi and sushi. I’m a major geek. I’m a (gluten-free) Paleo dieter for life, since I credit it for saving it after 10 years of major health problems. Finally, I’m an INFP.
Q: Do you have an artist’s statement?
A: “Eugenia Loli originated in the technology sector, but she left that impersonal world behind in order to build new, exciting worlds via her art. Her collages, with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie. The viewers are invited to make up the movie’s plot in their mind.”
Q: How do you make your collages?
A: I start by finding a “base” image, and then I sort of build around it. Sometimes I have a concrete idea of what I want to do, and sometimes I leave the images to fit together by themselves. Sometimes, after a lot of juxtaposing, the “base” image might not even be part of the final collage. Most of the time, I try to “say” something important via my art, but other times it’s just about doodling.
Q: What are your influences?
A: I got into collage because I loved Julien Pacaud’s illustrations, but it was Kieron “Cur3es” Cropper who became my main influence. The guy’s a genius. Bryan “Glass Planet” Olson and David Delruelle are also influences of mine. From the older artists, I’d have to say, Magritte. However, I collage on many different styles: from “pop” to dada, and from modern illustrations to traditional surrealism. I don’t believe that artists should “find their style”. That’s artistic death. If I have a style, it’s probably some “meta” aspect of it (e.g. the sarcasm that I usually employ in my collages), rather than something visual.
This is a Guest Post by Dr. Strangelove on the psychedelic, visionary artwork of Andrew Herndon (Wahndur).
Andrew Herndon makes psychedelic, surreal, visionary collage using digital media.
Surreal Space Art
Trash Riot (AKA Terry Ringler) creates wild retro sci-fi surreal space collage art. He’s a favorite on Tumblr & Instagram and has been featured on Boing-Boing:
Trash Riot is a prolific, science-fiction/retro-futuristic photo collage artist who makes their work available through Red Bubble (which sells them as posters, postcards, shirts, etc). I happened on Into the Eye yesterday on the Vault of the Atomic Age tumblr and was frozen in my chair by the beauty of it. When someone on Twitter later pointed me to the Redbubble site, I fell down a long and luxurious clickhole of aesthetic enjoyment.
If you like this work you might like Max Ernst’s classic “Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage“.
Felipe Posada Artist Statement
My artwork is a journey through the invisible realm: a dimension where conventional laws of physics have no ruling effect, and thoughts with intent are allowed to take visual form. Here, intuition, memories, visions and dreams are as tangible as every day objects. Through my work I visit and revisit concepts that have fascinated me, scared me and intrigued me since I was a child. The results, often unpredictable, are compositions filled with symbolism and hidden meaning. Topics such as alchemy, metaphysics, mythology, space exploration, astrology, sacred geometry, anthroposophy, the human psyche can often be found in my artwork, sometimes infused with a dash of retrofuturism and mixed with the inevitable influence of pop culture that engulfs us.
Therefore it is valid to say that my work relates to my own existence but it also makes part of a greater conscience …or to be more precise, to the collective unconscious.
Felipe Posada Biography
Felipe Posada is a Brooklyn NYC based visual artist, designer and creative director. He started experimenting with digital collage in 2004, producing a limited number of personal pieces between 2005 and 2010. However It was only in 2015, after a decade of working in the fast paced world of branding and advertising, and impulsed by a personal calling, that he took a step back and decided to focus on his journey as an Artist. More mature and experienced, and with the keen eye of a Creative Director, Felipe went back into exploring collage as an avenue of visual communication. With a lifetime of ideas and concepts stored within, he began the process of creating a substantial body of work based on his own impressions of reality, guided by his intuition and aesthetic sensibility. Since then, he continues to create conceptual art utilizing both analog and digital methods. The results are compositions rich in symbolism and hidden meaning which can be outputted as large scale prints. However, one of Felipe’s next projects is to explore ways to further interact with his artwork with the purpose of producing unique fine art pieces. In his career as an artist Felipe has been referred to as Dali 2.0 and modern day Bosch… compliments that are hard to live up to, so he takes them very seriously.
Further notes by Posada
My Surreal Collage work is influenced by subjects which had an impact in me when I was growing up. Some of those subjects I have continued to explore as I became an adult. From bedtime stories that my dad used to invent for me when I was a kid (Serge the Astronaut) to actual dream sequences, my curiosity about Metaphysics, parallel realities, etc. all of that combined with my passion for combining images with a sense of aesthetic and rithm to create compositions reflecting alternate forms of reality.
I believe that images and symbols, if used correctly, have the power to work directly in the collective unconscious of men. And that is where I wan to leave my imprint.
I have great respect for surreal artists from both the past and present, regardless of what medium they’ve chosen to produce their work. Going all the way back to Hieronimus Bosch to more “recent past” artists such Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, László Moholy-Nagy the more I move forward in my path as an artist, the more I feel their presence when I create my work. I also want to acknowlege the work of modern surrealist Storm Thorgerson (Hipgnosis) and the amazing volume of work that he produced. And arriving back to our days, Eugenia Loli who I dare to say gave me the impulse to begin producing my most recent body of work, to the work of Mariano Peccinetti, Sammy Slabbinck, Justin Mays, Albane Simon, Adrew Mcgranahan, Mr. Babies, Slimesunday, Trash Riot, Karen Lynch among many other artists. Some of them use analogue collage as their output, others like myself incorporate digital methods. Regardless of it, I believe in the essence of surrealism which I see in them, and I feel honored to be part of this generation of new surrealists.