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.
Sammy Slabbinck renders dynamic collage prints & original paper collages, combining found imagery with contemporary compositional styles. The images are cut up into pieces and redistributed, playing with exaggeration and proportions. Other times, the images are placed in a reverse context, juxtaposing modern ideals with traditional states of mind. Sammy Slabbinck is a Belgian artist. His eye […]Read More
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. Discover more work by Eugenia Loli Collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop […]Read More
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. Herndon’s work questions the meaning of our inner lives by visualizing our psychological landscapes through the metaphor of external exploration. While we dream of adventure and exploring the unknown, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More