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Fortune Cookie Porn Portraits

New York artist Kalen Hollomon creates disruptive collages exploring commerce, fashion, gender identity and the taboo through everyday images. His work examines “the ever-changing relationship between subject and object.”

“I am always concerned with what lies beneath the surface.

“I hope to create conversation that is rooted in questions related to learned social rules, identity, the subtext of everyday situations and perception. Above all, I try to capture a sense of romance in images that are spontaneous and slightly unnerving.”

Hollomon’s collages juxtapose images of sports stars with fashion models and porn actors, celebrities and brand names with down and outs and environmental disaster, porn with the utterly mundane.
Hollomon photographs his collages on his smartphone and shares them via his Instagram account. He has a following of over 100,000.

All subversive art is ultimately subsumed by the establishment it attacks. Hollomon’s success subverting the medium has led to a demand for his work from the very fashion magazines and brands he satirizes—Gucci, Calvin Klein and Vogue have all commissioned him or used his work.
His most recent project Fortune Portraits combines pages from porn mags taped over with happy, predictive tidings from fortune cookies.

Sayings like: “Business is a lot like playing tennis; if you don’t serve well, you lose,” “Expect much of yourself and little of others” and “Financial hardship in your life is coming to an end!” are plastered across wet-lipped young models who look directly (and suggestively) at the viewer creating a false sense of sexual intimacy and arousal. In the same way the fortune cookie promises some false good tidings to whoever happens to read it.

Hollomon describes the Fortune Portraits as being about “open-ended questions, seduction and desperation, both the wild unknown and the cliche, false promises and first impressions.”

Prints of the Fortune Portraits series are for sale—details here. More of this interesting artist’s work can be seen here.
More of Hollomon’s work, after the jump….

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Classical paintings transformed into beautifully trippy collages
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Silviu and Irina Székley

Collage by Silviu and Irina Székley based on the 1451 painting by Piero della Francesca,
Collage by Silviu and Irina Székley based on the 1451 painting by Piero della Francesca, “Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.”

Each individual existence is a distortion in itself
—Silviu and Irina Székley

Silviu and Irina Székley say they were raised on the rebellious artistic concept of Dadism, which rose to popularity in the early part of the 20th Century. The duo’s prowess when it comes to the Dada component of collage is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and their “manipulations” of famous works of art, such as the 1451 painting by Italian Renaissance painter, Piero della Francesca, “Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta,” skillfully display the remarkable talent of these two self-taught Romanian artists.
Collage based on the painting,
Collage by Silviu and Irina Székley based on the painting, “Portrait of a Princess of the House of Este” by Pisanello in 1449.
A collage by Silviu and Irina Székley based on the early to mid 1400's painting
A collage by Silviu and Irina Székley based on the early to mid-1400’s painting “Portrait of a Princess” by Pisanello.

“Circollage XXI” a collage-like interpretation of the 1645 painting by Dutch painter, Pieter Jansz Saenredam “The St. Antoniuskapel in the St. Janskerk at Utrecht.”

“Circollage” of XXVI / Henri de Trait by Silviu and Irina Székley.
In accordance with their roots being firmly embedded in Dada, when asked in an interview from 2015 if or how their belief system translated to their work, Silviu and Irina had this to say:

Horses are often intimidated by fire. Spiders are extremely useful in reducing the quantity of flies. Steam is employed to great advantage for culinary purposes. The stings of bees are often more virulent than those of wasps.

More after the jump…

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Disturbingly beautiful collages of Hollywood stars
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Matthieu Bourel

Natalie Wood (2014)
Beauty’s only skin deep, French artist Matthieu Bourel’s handmade collages of Hollywood stars seem to suggest. With his Faces series of collage, Bourel cuts holes into studio photographs of movie stars like Natalie Wood, Frances, Farmer, Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, to reveal the hidden beauty of connective tissue, muscles, arteries and veins underneath.

Or, in his Duplicity series, he layers multiple “slices” of an actor or actress’s face one inside another, emphasising the falsity of image and beauty, or the possible truth of the character beneath. The affect is surreal, beautiful and disturbing, and “evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.”

More of Matthieu Bourel’s collages can be seen here
Gina / Headcut (2014)
Colourfull / Diva (2013)
Evolve (2105)
Princess / Headcut (2013)
Yul (2013)
More of Matthieu’s collages after the jump…

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The little-known collage art of Louis Armstrong
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Louis Armstrong

I consider myself to be a more-educated-than-average jazz fan, especially in regards to the early New Orleans stuff. (I even did a report on Louis Armstrong in the fourth grade!) So how am I just now learning of Louis Armstrong’s cool collage work? Ken Burns, why hast thou forsaken me with thine sentimental and insufficient documentary series?!?

Louis started working in collage some time in the 1950s. Originally, he created them on paper and hung them in his den, but his wife wasn’t too keen on them, and he had to get creative. A dedicated recorder of his own performances, Armstrong always had a handy supply of reel-to-reel tapes with him everywhere he went, and the tape boxes were a perfect surface medium for his hobby. They weren’t really intended to be shown—they were his personal scrapbook, and the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College in Flushing, New York has about 1,000 of these collages on about 500 tape boxes.

Each piece pays close attention to balance—it feels cohesive and organic, and the indiscreet use of scotch tape “shows the seams,” so to speak. I like the use of color and combination of source materials—photos, news clippings, correspondence, concert programs, his own handwritten captions, and even bits of his beloved Swiss Kriss Herbal Laxatives packaging. I also like Armstrong’s use of his own image in his work; there’s something intimate about an artist reflecting on their own celebrity.

I’m getting a very Robert Rauschenberg vibe. You?







Via The Paris Review

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The surreal, intricate collage of Lola Dupré
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Lola Dupre

Like many traditional collage artist, the Glasgow-based Lola Dupré makes all her work out of just paper, scissors and glue. But unlike most artists Lola goes further than relying on a simple juxtaposition of imagery to make a point. Instead she uses multiple copies of source material, employing thousands of cuts and manipulating tiny shards of paper to create a strange, amorphous, almost fractal vision. Her work is like looking at a dissolving reality reflected in a spoon.




In a recent interview on the Empty Kingdom blog, Lola says this of her modus operandi:

t came about through experiments with paper as a sculptural medium, through a chance arrangement in 3D forms I began to think about applying it in 2D.  I guess the work could say a few different things about me; I think I am meticulous and multi-dimensional as a person, perhaps that comes across in my work, I’m not sure.  In my opinion, I create, and it is up to the viewer to decipher things and find meaning.

You can read the rest of that interview here, and see all of Lola’s work at her website - in the meantime, click read on (below) to see more of her exceptional work. 


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Music transcends hate: video master Kutiman does it again with ‘Thru Jerusalem’

Israeli musician, composer, producer and videographer Ophir Kutiel does his art as Kutiman. You may recognize his name from Thru-You, the hypnotically rhythmic collage of non-pro musician YouTube videos from across the globe that he made in 2009, and which scored 10 million views, sent him to the Guggenheim, and made it into Time magazine and landed him at the Guggenheim.

Welp, he’s got a new one, and it’s a burner. With sectarian and ethnic tensions in his Jerusalem birthplace at what seems a permanent high, Kutiman has given the city a similar and very necessary visiosonic treatment with the help of 15 of its Arab and Jewish musicians. Check it.

After the jump: Kutiman’s mega-video-mashup from late last year Sue You...

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The Books’ ‘I Didn’t Know That’: A modern-day hymn of wonder

Since guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong came together to make music in New York City as The Books in 1999, they’ve put together four albums worth of some of the most unique and emotive music you’ll ever hear.

These two work in the poetic collage/sample music realm inhabited by artists like People Like Us and Negativland. But they distinguish themselves via their live instrumentation and Zammuto’s vocals, which often follow and repeat the various voices sampled from advertising, self-help media and other sources, transforming them into modern-day chants.

Zammuto’s also a pro at accompanying The Books’ music with amazing video collage, like this one that he put together for “I Didn’t Know That” from their latest album, The Way Out.

Get: The Books - The Way Out [CD]
Get: The Books - The Way Out [album download]


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