Collage and Assemblage

Collage and Assemblage


Talk
Part 1: “Collage and Assemblage, Past and Present”
Part 2: “The Art of Joan Hall”
Tue, Mar 17, 3pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
150 pesos

By Joan Hall

The word collage stems from the French word coller, which means to glue. Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric, and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface. Assemblage is a three-dimensional art form in which found objects are juxtaposed.

Although collage and assemblage were names given to that genre in the early 1900s in Europe, the techniques were used much earlier. Based on this, I have compiled a lecture and slide show on collage and assemblage from 12th-century Japan to contemporary digital photo illustration.

Collage has rapidly gained popularity as an art form in the United States. I believe that there are sociological reasons for this. Everyone is in a hurry and the medium of collage conveys a feeling of spontaneity. With the advent of the computer and the Internet, our world has become fragmented, which is reflected in the bits and pieces that make up a collage or assemblage.

Part 1 includes works by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cornell, Rauschenberg, and many other artists. You will see how artists recycled everyday materials into artwork, using spare tires, shredded money, and even one’s own blood! The presentation also includes mixed-media installations. The use of collage in illustration has become a familiar sight. You will learn how collage artists cope with some hilarious yet frustrating experiences in the publishing workplace. This program is both entertaining and educational.

Part 2 consists of Joan Hall’s collage and assemblage.

Native New Yorker Joan Hall’s artwork has appeared on covers of Time Magazine, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. Her collages and assemblages have been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. She was commissioned by the American Cultural Center of the US State Department to lecture, exhibit, and conduct workshops in France, India, Brazil, and Mexico. Joan has had one-woman shows at Galeria Intersección Arte Contemporaneo at Fabrica de Aurora in San Miguel de Allende.