This art show works on paper.
On April 19, an international show series dedicated to weird photomontages will make its first stop in the US at a Cobble Hill art gallery. Only in Brooklyn would a gallery take a chance on a bunch of collage artists, the show’s director said.
“I think the art scene over here in Brooklyn is better than what’s happening over in Manhattan,” said curator Charles Wilkin. “It’s not about slick, MoMA presentation. That’s not the sentiment of the show at all.”
“The International Weird Collage Show,” which started in 2011 and has traveled to Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica, will feature paper patchwork crafted by 32 artists from 10 countries. All of the collages were handcrafted using materials such as tape, glue, and old magazines, according to Wilkin, who emphasized that the haphazard nature of the work is symbolic of the wild world at large.
“It’s trying to analyze this world and maybe understand it in a different way by slamming things that don’t make any sense together and creating new stories about the world we live in,” he said.
Longtime Manhattan-based collage artist Tamar Cohen, who will showcase three pieces made out of vintage comics, has been collecting pieces of comics and paper since she was a young girl. The show will be a good opportunity to mingle with an international crowd of crafters who often feel like they are alone, she said.
“When you’re an artist, you often feel isolated and it’s nice to meet people with a similar sensibility,” Cohen said. “I’m totally excited.”
“The International Weird Collage Show” at Invisible Dog [51 Bergen St. between Smith Street and Boerum Place in Cobble Hill, www.theinvisibledog.org, (347) 560–3641]. April 19–May 10.