Three Midlands-based artists each bring an individual take on the art of collage to produce an eclectic collection of work – Cut and Paste.
From traditional collage techniques through to photomontage and digital collage all three artists may have a very different process and aesthetic, but the core principles of this traditional technique stay the same – that of cutting and pasting whether by computer program or by hand, scissors and glue.
Clay Smith’s Photomontage prints feature upside-down planes, empty townscapes, imposing structures that threaten our space, disfigured Hollywood icons and deconstructed insects. All make up images that please and make uneasy the conditions of our own relatively secure environments.
Luke Tarpey’s Digital Collage’s (pictured) are concerned with media and its effects on society; from the phonetic alphabet to the computer, the change that is brought about by the shift in our sensory ratios after the introduction of any new media dictates the pattern of involvement in that new environment. He attempts to deconstruct our relationship as a society to our media, through abstraction of basic shapes, patterns and found images within a formal structure.
Mark Watkins more traditional collage works are somewhat used as an antidote to sitting in front of a monitor. He likes nothing more than getting out scissors and glue to work in his favourite medium – collage.
Cut and Paste runs from February 11-March 18. For more details go to http://www.tarpeygallery.com