"Assemblage" is the 3-D version of "collage”. "Found object fragments," "discards," or "throwaways" (artist's work to look at: Schwitters, Cornell, Rauschenberg, Bearden, etc.).

These things are organized by their specific elements. The resulting groups are then arranged into compositions of art.

Extending to many cultures of people living in family, religious, work, and various other groups; We could be viewed as a complex living version of "assemblage”(Webster 1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected).

We have “found” each other by chance; either by blood, common goals, or a certain chemistry. These connections help to formulate new ideas, innovations, and even new generations. John Anderson

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


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. 

                   Hand Painted Color Study             (8in X 8in)           1972                  
by John Anderson
Color tints (addition of black or white) shown horizontally;
color intensity(analogous colors) shown diagonally.
Note the illusion of the two diagonal cylinders angling
forward from the brighter more intense colors.

My first series of collages in 1982 were 17.5” X 24.5” Collage drawings on paper. I had first collected hundreds of images from magazines and organized them in folders by color, shape, patterns, nature, man made, animals, plants, transportation, etc.; anything I thought was interesting.

"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 then laid out 8 sheets of Arches drawing paper and selected a different color scheme for each; primary, secondary, tertiary, etc. With a foundation of watercolor washes and pencil framing; I marked the surface of empty space to brake the fear of destroying the expensive paper. Cutouts from the categories were laid down on each and played with for much time.

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"
I always think of collage art as fun. Collection, cutting and pasting paper is easy. However, creating a pleasing composition that works well visually, and holds the viewer’s interest with a compelling idea or theme is a tremendous challenge. Making images cut from different articles fit together with continuity and flow is paramount to a successful collage. JA            

"Begin Now"             (20.7in X 27.7in)                     1982
by John Anderson
With Fortune Cookie Quote: "In order to satisfy another,
you must first strive to satisfy yourself - begin now."
Included are images of depicting phone calls from mother,
and baked goods from my mother-in law.
               More about my professor Wendell Brazeau and the Seders Gallery photos of his work.

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