ABSTRACT ASSEMBLAGES BY EVA HAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eva Eun-Sil Han was born in Korea where she lived for 27 years. When she encountered the collages of Max Ernst did she start to use collage as a means of artistic expression. In her work she combines material from any kind of ready-made mass media, such as newspapers, magazines or old books. Eva Han prefers to use knife and glue rather than working with pixels on a computer screen, because it allows her to touch, feel and smell the different source papers. Especially old paper smells good to her.

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The artist collages photographs, her own and others, often drawing and painting onto the paper. Many of them seem purely abstract and in most, the assemblage of images is in such bits and pieces they don’t seem meant to be discerned specifically.

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DREAMLIKE SCENARIOS BY SEBASTIEN PLASSARD

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sébastien Plassard is a talented editorial illustrator who knows how to turn simple images into powerful ideas by adding a little surreal touch. His style is characterized by a reduced use of contrasting and complementary colors as well as dreamlike scenarios, which quickly draw the viewer into a surreal world. He skillfully combines influences from the golden age of the 1920s with contemporary graphic trends. His distinctive work could be seen in a wide range of publications such as magazines, books, posters, etc.

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ABSURD COLLAGES BY RAF CRUZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lisbon, Portugal based collagist and graphic designer Raf Cruz is influenced by various different things he sees and hears – politics, news, emotions/gestures, jazz, colors, book covers and graphic arts, the Russian avantgardists, the dadaists, the renaissance and sustainability just to name a few. Since childhood, Cruz has created images from scratch using collage as a paradoxical tool to escape from reality yet remain in the midst of things. Some pieces are totally disturbing, others are simple and fun. Colorful and colorless, they bring relieve even if they are not as sweet as we are expecting.

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He uses old print materials like magazines, books and even school manuals to crafts the collages and builds them either by hand or in digital form. Anyway, the results are illustratively absurd and vivid ensembles expressing an emotional and dramatic world, where the dark, ironic and even comic elements are living side by side in beautiful harmony.

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RETRO-FUTURISTIC LANDSCAPE COLLAGES BY KAREN LYNCH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Karen Lynch is an Australian artist, focussing on hand-cut vintage paper collage.  She sources material from vintage magazines, catalogues and books.  Architecture, nature, space and time are common elements within her visual dialogue.  Central to her art is the resuscitation and transformation of pieces of the past into retro-futuristic or surreal landscapes.

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Obsessed with color and geometry, Karen’s collages can be playful, often tell a story and try to inspire the viewer. Using old school scissors and glue, Karen creates surreal and retro-futuristic worlds using vintage magazines and books found at thrift stores and markets. She loves the process of juxtaposing 2 or more disparate images and transforming them into impossible landscapes that feel almost real.

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THE COLLAGES OF CHARLES WILKIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Charles Wilkin is a loose collection of thoughts and observations in many ways and less about one specific theme. He sees it as being a reflection of the world we live in, with all its ugliness and cruelty. From that, he strives to extract the beauty and empathy hidden underneath and within us all, revealing the unknown, the unspoken and intangible things that make us truly human.

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For him, collage as a medium replicates this frenetic and inherent collision of people, culture, and emotions we all experience. He believes the true meaning of his work is derived directly from the intertwining of these associations, and the spontaneity of his creative process. This gives his work the freedom to live creatively in the moment, and the ability to respond to current events, despite his imagery being derived primarily from vintage magazines.

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