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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.

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.

Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey

Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy

Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy

Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy
Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey skin paper collage anatomy

Using carefully cut fragments of printed skin from the photographs of celebrities in popular magazines, artist David Adey creates elaborate, pinned collages reminiscent of the most complex entomological displays. In some instances he reconstructs the original photos using component pieces cut into myriad geometric shapes and symbols, each placed perfectly on the canvas with a single pin. Other times he creates giant whirling textures as with his piece Swarm, a process that can take up to 200-300 hours. The patience required for all of this simply boggles the mind. Adley currently has a solo show at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (via lustik)

Total Landscapes: Vertigo-Inducing Stereographic Projections

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

Total Landscapes: Vertigo Inducing Stereographic Projections stereographic outdoors landscapes collage

This blog is no stranger to stereographic projections, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. These wonderful aerial collages using photographs shot from atop electric towers, cranes, high rise buildings and bridges are by Netherlands-based photographer Wouter van Buuren. Captured in locations across the Netherlands, China, and New York, the projections condense panoramic horizons into compact worlds that at times look like giant glass marbles. Click the images above to see the landscapes much larger, and see more work in his portfolio. Wouter just opened a solo show at Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam through February 4.

Skyflake

Skyflake snow manipulated collage airplanes

A fun aerodynamic snowflake from photographer Simon Gardiner (previously). Best viewed really big.

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

First Look: Lightning Drawings by Cassanda C. Jones weather outdoors multiple exposures lightning digital collage

Artist Cassanda C. Jones has just completed a new series where she meticulously arranges long-exposure photographs of stormy skies, using small fragments of lightning strikes to form line drawings of electrified rabbits and circles. The works are yet to be titled, but will be available as large format ink jet prints in editions of two. All images courtesy the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco.

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski surreal portraits people multiple exposures manipulated digital collage

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski surreal portraits people multiple exposures manipulated digital collage

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski surreal portraits people multiple exposures manipulated digital collage

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski surreal portraits people multiple exposures manipulated digital collage

Surreal Digital Collages by Matt Wisniewski surreal portraits people multiple exposures manipulated digital collage

Matt Wisniewski uses images discovered via Tumblr to create these surreal digital collages, blending fashion and beauty with the natural world. Beautiful. (via moufles)

Paintings by Amanda Clyne

Paintings by Amanda Clyne portraits painting magazines fashion collage

Paintings by Amanda Clyne portraits painting magazines fashion collage

Paintings by Amanda Clyne portraits painting magazines fashion collage

Paintings by Amanda Clyne portraits painting magazines fashion collage

Paintings by Amanda Clyne portraits painting magazines fashion collage

I’m really enjoying these vertically sliced portraits by Amanda Clyne who uses images from fashion magazines as a starting point for a rather involved process, that I’ll let her explain in her own words.

I begin my process by culling images from fashion magazines. Cropping the image into a portrait, I re-print the image on to a surface to which the printing ink does not adhere, so the image remains wet. I photograph the print as the fluid image morphs and dissolves over time. I then compose a new image from fragments of these photographs—each image each is comprised of slices of the image at various stages of dissolution. Once I have resolved the final composition, I project the basic outlines of the image onto a canvas, and use a print-out of my composition as a painting reference. Each fragment is taped off and painted separately. Because of the narrow width of the fragments (some are less than 1/4 inch wide), I usually paint every third fragment, then while I wait for those fragments to dry, I paint alternating fragments on a different painting. Some paintings require three or four rounds of painting, so I work on several paintings at once.

The results are really quite striking. Clyne will have three new works on display at Art Toronto at the end of October. Thanks Amanda for sharing your work with Colossal!

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