Before I introduce the next artist who will be participating in Collage meets Landscape, just a brief word about digital collage (which Olivia does not do).
I received some very good submissions from artists who do digital work. Subject, composition, color and execution were all spot on. But, I had to decline on showing digital work. I feel that even the best quality digital print, well framed and nicely presented, just can’t be included in a show alongside original works. I appreciate how the internet has allowed so many more people to have access to any artist’s work. And many people have even purchased affordable, digital prints of my own work. That said, digital images and digital prints do not have the same impact or importance as original work. If the work is from a young, emerging artist or even an art superstar given a massive retrospective in a major museum, it’s still a digital print.
And now, back to Olivia Parkes – digital artists take notice, this is how you get your hands dirty and make a collage – it takes paint, paper, found objects, photography, etc. Our exhibition space is limited, so this time we can only show one piece of her work. Olivia splits her time between Berlin and Joshua Tree. This will be her first showing in the Bay Area and I look forward to seeing a larger show of her work in person. In the meantime (irony noted) do get a good look at her website for some stunning work.
The Collage + Landscape = Collagescape will be on view at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery at 304 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
The show runs from July 29 to September 28, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, August 1 (7pm to 10 pm).
The exhibit will have two components:
On the main level, there will be an exhibit of my new series of work called Collagescapes.
On the upper level of Glama-Rama, I am curating a companion show of mixed media works, where the theme will be Collage meets Landscapes.