MOMENTS | Collage: Joe Webb Combines Two Elements to Create Surreal Collage Narratives in His “Paper Cuts” Exhibition
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Former graphic artist Joe Webb turned to collage as a reaction to his years of working as a digitally inclined artist. Webb combines cutouts of original work with vintage magazines and printed ephemera but only uses two elements in each piece. He found collage “more immediate and graphic than painting” and approaches each piece with the goal of “reinventing the original scene trying to find a narrative through the process.” Last week, Webb debuted his new Paper Cuts exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Paper Cuts will be on display until April 6th.
Paper Cuts has an emphasis on prints from the 1950s, and the collages are an exploration of human relationships and our relationship with our surrounding environments. Webb was inspired “to find those moments of serendipity which transform normal found images into artworks.” Webb’s work invokes Metaphysical and Surrealist artists like De Chirico and Magritte, and much like Matisse, his collages are a means of “painting with scissors.” When Webb began sharing his work, his collages went viral and have since been shared around the world.
The title of the exhibition took on a double meaning because as Webb explains, “[Using] a very sharp scalpel to work with, I’ve managed to slice my fingertips clean off a few times!” So if you’re in London before April 6th, don’t forget to drop by the Saatchi Gallery
BAGS INSPIRED BY JOE WEBB’S PAPER CUTS – BUY OR BUILD YOUR OWN
Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, neon green neomesh is only appropriate. But we’re sticking with two elements this time à la Joe Webb: a blue leather and green neomesh carryall.
[Photo source: AnOther Magazine]