Though it’s perhaps a little unfair to have favourites, collage has to be among DW’s top artistic mediums.
This interest, we confess, was not only piqued by a love of Linder’s album cover designs and John Stezaker’s stunning recent Whitechapel Gallery show, but also by the fact that certain regions of the newsdesk resemble the inside of a psychopath’s cut-and-paste bedecked cupboard door more and more by the day. Which isn’t, necessarily, a bad thing.
This in mind, we were more than a little excited to hear about the Southbank Centre’s Arts Council Collection upcoming touring exhibition, Transmitter / Receiver: The Persistence of Collage, opening in Midldlesborough next
The show features work from Linder, Eileen Agar, David Batchelor, Patrick Caulfield, The Hackney Flashers, Richard Hamilton, Ben Nicholson, Chris Ofili, Eduardo Paolozzi, Grayson Perry and John Stezaker, among many others; with works in sculpture, 2D, film and slide projection.
The breadth of the show demonstrates the extraordinary diversity in approach and subject matter explored through collaging techniques. Hamilton and Paolozzi’s pop-art aesthetic examines the gaudy burgeoning commercialism of the 1950s and 1960s; while Linder’s defiantly feminist creations point a finger at the media’s commoditisation of women.
More recent work from Steven Claydon and Idris Khan demonstrate how newer technologies, such as video collage, can be incorporated into the practice to dynamic effect.
Transmitter / Receiver: The Persistence of Collage runs from 22 July – 6 November at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 before visiting The New Art Gallery, Walsall (4 May – 1 July 2012); Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln (August – October 2012), Aberystwyth Arts Centre (November 2012 – February 2013) and Tullie House, Carlisle (16 March – 12 May 2013)