Collage is an artform of iconoclasm that constantly picks apart imagery to reconstruct it in ways that abandon the source for something completely new. Collage art is the most varied of the artforms, as it can be folded into painting, drawing, design, video–basically anything that can be cut and pasted or reappropriated visually. Carl E. Smith and Yuri Psinakis have recently curated a show at Carl E. Smith Fine Art that showcases this varied artform in its most contemporary incarnations: SLASH.
In SLASH, Smith and Psinakis have created a space for all of these contemporary collage artists’ work to speak to each other. This is important as they have gathered such a mixture of styles and means by which to express this, all of them working with the same technique. Some are maximal, with items everywhere in conversation with each other, while others are a few discreet lines or body parts rearranged in a peaceful manner. The show also makes it quite clear just how varied the media is, as some of the pieces are photographic prints, mixed media, fabric based, digital, and classic “collage on board.”
The show gathers quite a crew of artistic celebrities as well. To name a few, popular artists like Greg Lamarche, Lola Dupré, Val Britton, and even Smith himself are included in the show. You may also look at the roster and find something particularly familiar as their work was also featured in another project Psinakis helmed: USE ME at Scion (which featured Ben Venom and Smith).
SLASH opened on November 19 and will be open through the 12th of December. Carl E. Smith Fine Art is located in Laguna Canyon and is open by appointment only. If you can’t make it down to see the show, you can also view a gallery of pieces on the Smith’s website.