I first learned the art of collage in a basic design class in 1972 taught by Wendell Brazeau at the University of Washington in Seattle. (click link below ) The most interesting project was a series of art post cards altered by cutouts from magazines.
|Circle Collage (9in X 9in) 1972|
by John Anderson
The thread tying the composition together are found (not cut)
round shapes in everything.
|"An Impulse To Soar" (20.7in X 27.7in) 1982|
by John Anderson w/paper rocket, female divers,
and a man carrying many objects on his back.
I had no idea how they were going to be resolved to completion; but I did think about figure/ground relationships, interior and/or atmospheric space, and landscapes. The cutouts suggested which direction to go; and when I examined all eight together, it was clear which images went with which paper. Each page was a new category of images.
|"THEN AND NOW-WOR" 1982|
(20.7in X27.7in) by John Anderson
and a child dreaming about the circus.
In conclusion, after the compositions were set, I found appropriate titles from the “Quotable Quotes” section in “Reader’s Digest” Magazine. They all had touches of humor, philosophy, and mystery.
|"Creatures of Habit" 1982|
(20.7in X 27.7in) by John Anderson
w/ Fortune Cookie Quote: "We are all responsible…
we must stop looking for scapegoats."
And Cartoon "You are here…but no one else is"
More about my professor Wendell Brazeau and the Seders Gallery photos of his work.