If there’s any reason why collage shows are popping up with greater frequency and enveloping a larger spread of contemporary artists, perhaps it has something to do with the 100th anniversary of Picasso interrupting his work Still Life with Chair Caning with found objects and dubbing it ‘collage’.
Launching today and curated by Laura Couttie, new collage show Splitting Image features works by Tai Snaith, Lillian O'Neil, Zoe Croggon, Rupert Carr-Gregg, Minna Gilligan and Georgia Robenstone. Perhaps the embodiment of a longing to replace our technological reliance with tactility, the collage works arise from various philosophical ends. Ordered, meticulous and almost mechanical pieces are offset by intuitive, chaotic and discordant flourishes. Where Snaith’s pieces seem almost accidental, Croggon looks to play with hidden meaning, to playfully question the purpose and orientation of her chosen images.
Any subject matter can and has been utilised for collage in Splitting Image. Sports encyclopaedias, photography manuals, film stills, dance catalogues and the wealth of images presented to us in the online world have been used in some capacity.
By reusing and recontextualising found materials, artists are able to create new meanings and unexpected realities, fragmenting the everyday and providing optimistic subversion.
Splitting Image shows at Tinning Street Gallery in Brunswick until April 22.