What is ‘collage’?..just a word that the English language has adopted from French (The English word collage comes from the French words papiers colle (glued paper), a term coined by the Cubists)… exampleS of which ARE demonstrated in some of the art by WILLIAM DOLE, EMERSON WOELFFER AND BASIL LANGTON. But – while on a summer vacation in Italy – he responded to a cache of old manuscripts unearthed in a small ‘used books’ store. He cut up pieces of the ‘found paper’, reassembled the scraps… to create a unique composition … “Citadel” – an ethereal depiction of architectural elements!A unique composition in a new technique through ‘recycled’ materials.
William Dole popular art teacher at U.C. Santa Barbara, California, favored watercolors but – on his annual summer vacation in Italy,….
EMERSON WOELFFER – painter, printmaker, favored teacher at Chouinard and Otis – also found ‘collage’ as a language through which to express himself.
Basil Langton playfully composed collages..adding his personal use of ‘efficage’.
George Herms is notorious for combining disparate materials in composing his art. Simultaneously he slips in a “message”!
Jules Engel initially created for film, projecting images in three dimensional space. In these collages he layers cardboard and pigment to infer three dimensions.
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