Jeff Raphael on collage, art teachers and thrift-store books

Jeff Raphael was once the drummer of early San Francisco punk band The Nuns. Along with The Avengers, that band opened the infamous last show that the Sex Pistols in its first run played at Winterland in February 1978. Since then, Raphael has gone on to play with several of the luminaries of the punk and post-punk world, including Johnny Thunders and The Sleepers. All the while, Raphael had been making art and honing his distinctive collage aesthetic -- but it wasn't until Raphael moved to Boulder and got some encouragement from curators at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art that he shared his work with the public and had his first art show.

This Friday, June 6, Raphael will be displaying his work at 802 Gallery for First Friday. In advance of that show, Westword sat down with the erudite and well-read artist and musician to talk about why he does collage art, how he has taken advantage of the current state of the de-evaluation of books to benefit his rich cache of source materia, and how cultivating the imagination should be the primary goal of art teachers. See also: Lexis Krieg conquers collage and gets brave about painting

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.