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Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Thousands of Torn Magazine Scraps paper painting collage

Brazilian-born Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz (previously) has a number of new works on display at Galerie Xippas in Paris as part of his Pictures of Magazine 2 series. The nine pieces are recreations of famous paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Cézanne and other artists using cut and torn fragments from popular magazines. I’ve seen a number of works similar to these where multiple components of trash or other objects are organized to create works by old masters, but Muniz seems to take things a step further into another level of perfection and detail. Muniz was also just in Rio where he completed a massive trash installation depicting Guanabara Bay. (via ARTchipel)

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Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Photographic Collages Suspended in Plexiglas collage

Auckland-based artist Peter Madden gleans found images from old encyclopedias, back issues of National Geographic, and nature books to create his dense and nearly psychedelic collages suspended in perspex, also known as ‘safety glass’. Of his work Madden says “I consider myself a ‘Sculptographer’; a ‘post-conceptual photographer’. A mediator between genres and dimensions, between you, the other and I. I suppose I am an altogether different collagist, maybe a collagist of difference.” To see much more of his three dimensional work, check out this gallery. Images above courtesy Ryan Renshaw and EyeContact. (via junk culture)

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Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

New York artist Michael Mapes creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece. See more of his work over at Parlor Gallery, and if you liked this also check out the work of David Adey. (via lost at e minor)

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Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages

Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages paper collage

Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages paper collage

Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages paper collage

Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages paper collage

Reconfigured Sheet Music Collages paper collage

I just stumbled onto these beautiful collages by Princeton-based artist Erika Iris who deftly reconfigures sheet music to create portraits and other illustrations. The Beethoven and MLK pieces are especially wonderful, but don’t miss some of her other works with paper or her portraits made from cassette tape and old film.

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Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Reconfigured Currency Collages by Chad Person paper currency collage

Artist Chad Person, creator of the post-apocalyptic shelter experiment the Resource Exhaustion Crisis Evacuation Safety Shelter that managed to ruffle the feathers of the ATF when he built an improvised shotgun sculpture, has shifted focus to ongoing series of collages made from United States currency. Some of the earliest pieces are part of his TaxCut series, a tongue-in-cheek title stemming from his ability to write off the destroyed currency as part of his taxes. His most recent piece, the kraken shown above, will be on display as part of a group exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery starting April 19.

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Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books Throne: The Book of Revelation; letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books Throne: The Book of Revelation (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 44.5 x 30 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books Bliss; letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books Bliss (detail); letters cut from the Koran, 9 x 7.75 in, 2011

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books The Satanic Verses: “Repentance” from the Koran; letters cut from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, 21 x 19 in, 2012

Text Drawings Created by Cutting Thousands of Letters from Books and Religious Texts typography paper collage books The Satanic Verses: “Repentance” from the Koran (detail); letters cut from “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, 21 x 19 in, 2012

Artist Meg Hitchock (previously) has completed a number of new, elaborate collage works with letters cut from assorted books including the Koran and Salmon Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. The patience required to assemble these absolutely astounds me. If you’re unfamiliar with her work here’s a quote from her artist statement:

In my text drawings I deconstruct the word of God by cutting letters from sacred writings and rearranging them to form a passage from another holy book. I may cut letters from the Bible and reassemble them as a passage from the Koran, or use letters cut from the Torah to recreate an ancient Tantric text. The individual letters are glued to the paper in a continuous line of type, without spaces or punctuation, in order to discourage a literal reading of the text. By bringing together the sacred writings of diverse traditions, I create a visual tapestry of inspired writings, all pointing beyond specifics to the universal need for connection with something greater than oneself.

If you’d like to see some of these pieces up close, Hitchcock currently has work on view all over New York at ACA Galleries, BRIC Contemporary Art and Shick Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

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Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Clouds, Smoke and Portals Torn into Photographs paper collage

Raleigh-based artist and landscape architect Scott Hazard uses carefully layered photographs to create delicately torn concentric shapes symbolizing plumes of smoke, clouds, and mysterious portals in walls. Hazard has also used adaptations of the same technique to create a number of fantastic typographic works he calls Text Constructs.

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