In a world where we are assailed with images and information on the Internet, collage is making a comeback. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art curator Petra Sertic noticed the trend and decided to address it, amassing eight modern collage artists from Colorado and beyond for BMoCA’s summer show, Cut and Paste. And from there, she’s purposefully put together a show that doesn’t just present the work, but also examines what fuels artists working in the genre today, many of whom work in digital worlds and share ideas online. “I’m looking at what is interesting to these artists,” Sertic says. “The work reflects the incessant bombardment of information and how all of that is going on nonstop. For artists, collage is an ideal way to respond to or process it.”
But even the most tech-savvy artists are returning to the cut-and-paste origins of collage, which has roots in the Dada and surrealist circles of the early twentieth century and resurged in the 1970s with a punk DIY ethic, she notes. Denver artist Mario Zoots, a participant in Cut and Paste, represents the switch to a “new/old way of working in collage,” Sertic adds.
Other notable contributions include the pop-culture-tinged work of former Nuns drummer Jeff Raphael, local artist Alicia Ordal’s evolving large-scale installation, beautiful contained worlds evoked by L.A.-based Moldovan artist Stas Orlovsky, and various adventures in sculptural collage works from Tyler Beard, Adam Parker Smith and others.
Cut and Paste opens tonight at BMoCA, 1750 13th Street in Boulder, with a reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and continues through September 15; admission is free. Visit bmoca.org or call 303-443-2122 for information.
Thu., June 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: June 13. Continues through Sept. 15, 2013