cut up

Posted on August 29, 2009
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collage

For some inexplicable reason, collage has really been hitting my points recently.  Perhaps there’s something about the old analog cutting and pasting of paper and glue with its impacted edges and abrupt terminations that makes the airbrushed perfection of the digital seem like nothing but the facile frippery of an empty generation.  Posterboy is a New York artist who does cut ups on the run, altering posters on the underground and bringing them into more telling alignments of rough bueaty and eerie politics.  They’re broadly reminiscent of  Grosz and Schwitters Dadaist works between the wars, though not with quiet the same level of apocalyptic intensity . I like them because they’re cool.

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