READ IT | Literary Mix : William S. Burroughs x Brion Gysin x The Cut-Up Method

A little knowledge throwback to remind us that everything is a remix.


isn’t just for the visual arts. Legendary novelist William S. Burroughs developed his signature non-linear writing style when he found inspiration in artist and writer Brion Gysin’s cut-up technique. When Burroughs wrote The Nova Trilogy, he sliced up words and phrases to create new sentences, establishing new connections between words and images.

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Mary Iverson Blends Painting x Collage in Mixed Media Work on Globalization & the Environment

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Seattle-based artist Mary Iverson’s work is a mash-up of painting and collage, filling natural and manmade landscapes with brightly colored shipping containers. The containers—which constitute the painted portion of the works—are overlaid with a pattern of lines and interrupt the otherwise serene natural landscapes.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Colby Jones Blends Male Bodies with Greek & Roman Sculptures in ‘Cut Out For It” Series

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💪👊 "Cut Out For It" by London-based collagist Colby Jones. See the full series on Bullettmedia.com 👊💪

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Collage work that explores the commodification of the ideal female body isn’t hard to find, and we don’t have to look much further than Linder Sterling’s portfolio for the best of the best. As for the idealized male form, London-based photographer and collage artist Colby Jones has a series, titled ‘Cut Out For it,’ that mashes up cut-outs of faceless male bodies with photos of classic Greek and Roman sculptures (note, the title’s very clear double meaning). “As long as I can remember, I have always aspired to achieve a physical appearance that exuded masculinity and have always felt that this would make me a desirable human being,” Jones said to Bullett Media. “Having this standard has challenged what I consider to be beautiful as I have never been able to arrive at the peak physicality as the sculptures before me.” The contrasts—between modern and classical, soft and hard—bring an interesting perspective on seeking physical perfection. You can see the rest of ‘Cut Out For Ithere.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Sammy Slabbinck Repurposes Vintage Magazines & Delivers Retro Collages to the Masses via Instagram

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Pea practice - animated version #vine#instavideo#stopmotion#golf#collageart

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Here’s to collages and #FBF. Belgium-based collage artist Sammy Slabbinck repurposes vintage magazines by cutting them up, then combing them to create cheeky but beautifully surreal collages. On his art, Slabbinck explains, “Sex sells, obviously, but in magazines like Playboy, it’s not always very classy.” His collage work take female form and places it in another place or décor to communicate a different dynamic. However, the EU’s recent economic recession and instability has led to a more conservative allocation of funding in Belgium’s art industry. Like other artists, Slabbinck has taken to user-generated platforms like Instagram to display and share his work.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Collage: Artist Wildcat Will Creates Modern Collages Inspired by the Rebellious Spirit of the Folies Bergère

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Multi-disciplinary pop artist and musician William Blanchard, aka Wildcat Will, has been creating modern day collages inspired by the demi-monde of the Parisian cabarets of the Folies Bergère. His collages are comprised of cut outs of topless girls against animal print and text, overlaid on butterfly backdrops—all of which combines the artist’s love of painting, graphics and typography. Blanchard has spent the last 20 years creating art that reflects his understanding of contemporary urban life. On his more recent collages, the artist explains, “In a way, becoming a drummer is the modern day equivalent of joining the circus, a fantasy removed from normal life. The Belle Epoque period was the rock ‘n’ roll of its time. I wanted to produce work that had a correlation to the kind of duality that I have experienced.” His exhibition, Love Is Like A Butterfly will be on display at the Beautiful Crime gallery from July 9th onward.

MOMENTS | Collage: Here Are Some of Our Favorite Collage Artists From the ‘Brooklyn vs. London’ Exhibition

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Via Something in the Attic, a London-based art initiative combining visual art with music, the Brooklyn vs. London collage exhibition explores themes of perception and identity through the work of 14 artists (seven from Brooklyn and seven from London). As big fans of collage work and the general idea of creating something new and different from existing materials, we’re excited to see more from the collagists featured in the exhibition. On why collage is meaningful, Brooklyn artist Michael DeSutter states, “I enjoy the way it allows me to explore the past – there’s no better way to understand something than to deconstruct it.” The show will run in the Carousel exhibition space in London from June 12th – 27th.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Softcore Magazine TALC Got Its Collage Aesthetic From Punk Artist Linder Sterling’s Feminist Photomontages

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Though softcore indie mag TALC started out as reaction to the end of men’s magazines, the zine became known for its collaged-styled erotica. The inspiration for the collage aesthetic? Editor-in-chief Edward Vince sites cult feminist icon Linder Sterling. We’re huge fans of Sterling’s work, and it’s not hard to see how her work has influenced a collage styled erotic magazine. Inspired by the Dada movement and unhappy with 1976 North England society, Sterling’s collages combine cutouts from pornography and advertising to create visual commentary on identity, sexuality, fashion and society. In an interview with Dazed And Confused, Vince talks about his idea to create a modern men’s magazine, and how the punk artist inspired TALC’s style.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Lorenzo Castellini’s Instagram art.lies is a Glorious Collection of Surrealist Air Collages

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Brazilian-born Lorenzo Castellini took his love of art and created an Instagram account dedicated to “Great Masters Having Great Times.” His work is very reminiscent of the air collages by @mydaywithleo, but Castellini’s collages have a distinctly art-oriented point of view. Castellini merges cutouts of heads of artists and famous works of art with the people and things he encounters while roaming the streets of São Paulo. His art-themed air collage mash-ups include a Van Gogh chef, part of a Basquiat painting masquerading as the head of a dog, Federico da Montefeltro fiddling with his iPhone, and even a rabbi with a Magritte’s apple for a face.

May 26, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Artist Kim Dong Yoo’s Pointillism x Pop Art Reinterpretation of Historical & Religious Icons

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Artist Kim Dong Yoo blends the styles of pointillism (Damien Hirst and Chuck Close probably come to mind) and pop art to reinterpret historical and religious images and icons. Using a grid-like system of building block butterflies to create images, the subjects of his more recent works are historical figures like Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. His more recent piece, Butterflies – Andy Warhol (2014), uses a combination of gray and white butterflies in caring sizes to construct a composite of Andy Warhol. Though his pieces look digital, they are all physically made, and it can take up to two days to complete a single half row. His current exhibition, “Living Together,” is on display at Hasted Kraeutler in New York from Apr. 30–Jun. 20, 2015.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to Earl Sweatshirt’s New Track “Solace,” a Ten-Minute Collage of Music

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Earl Sweatshirt just dropped “Solace,” a ten-minute collage of music entirely dedicated to his mother. The young rapper just released his fantastic new album, I Don’t Like Shit I Don’t Go Outside, “Solace” is a single/EP of “music from when i hit the bottom and found something.” The three-part mix is a tranquil recording with a sparse but effective collection of sounds that really bring out the Sweatshirt’s quiet lyricism. He had previously alluded to the project in an interview with NPR. “We set up a studio at my house and I did a little project real real fast,” he said. “It’s called Solace. And that, I’m just sitting — it’s more for my mom.”

April 29, 2015 by Robert Cordero