Juxtaposition: Contemporary Collage, National Juried Exhibition
June 8 - July 20, 2019
Juror’s Statement - Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art
In the early twentieth century, collage flowered as a medium. It arrived at a moment when technology was rapidly advancing and the world was in a fractured political state of affairs. Collage embodied this precarious spirit, often made with clippings and photographs from popular culture combined with other mediums to create visually disjointed imagery. The medium has changed since that time, influenced by an image-saturated world in which our multiple screens and the images contained within them are themselves collage-like in nature. Today, aspects of digital culture and computer-generated images make up a large portion of the genre. Traditional techniques also remain extremely popular, however, as evidenced by the number of cut-paper works in this show. Juxtaposition: Contemporary Collage National Juried Exhibition allows us a glimpse into the multifarious ways in which artists approach collage today.
The submissions for the Barrett Art Center’s Juxtaposition were overall extremely strong, making the selection of the finalists quite difficult. Stylistically, there was a great range of abstraction and representational works, nearly evenly divided among the entries. The prize winners and honorable mention all provide windows into aspects of contemporary American culture. Christine Miller’s Mag’s Slice of Life is a three-dimensional diaristic restaurant table setting, Annie Weidman’s humorous and classically-arranged, Still Life with Cheetos speaks to our love of junk food, consumerism, and summer cook-outs, while Kelly Duffield’s Untitled XII suggests a chaotic family dynamic within a domestic interior. From reviewing the submissions to Juxtaposition, it is reassuringly clear that more than a century after it emerged, collage is alive and well and remains a medium that is well suited for our contemporary era.
Artists Talks: Sat., July 20, 3-4pm
Anne Bascove, James Marshall Porter, Jr., Rhett Russo
Free and Open to the Public, reception following.
Christine B. Miller - Mag's Slice of Life - Mixed media 2D & 3D with collage & assemblage (14" x 24" x 22") $3600
Christine B. Miller - Hi, I'm Mags....I'll Be Your Waitress Today! - Colored pencil, ink & acrylic markers, relief collage
(29" x 24") $3800
Christine B. Miller - Garden of Eden: Don't Do It!! -
Modified dry-point print w/ mixed media, cut-out edge
(16" x 20") $2500
Christine B. Miller - California-Dreamin' on Such a Wisconsin Winter's Day!! - Colored pencil, ink markers, charcoal, collage, assemblage (30" x 27" x 3") $3200
Annie H. Weidman - Still Life with Cheetos -Preprinted paperboard boxes (22" x 30") $1300