A new collage exhibition series at Berlin’s SomoS Art House starts October 2015 with the “Imprint” collage exhibition by current SomoS “Artist in Residence” Ingrid Bittar (Brazil) and David Woodward (Canada).
Berlin — Indexing the weight of cumulative history, the “Imprint” collage exhibition is the first of a new series at SomoS charting innovations in this technique. It will present international artists who explore new dimensions and expand the medium’s possibilities and associations.
“Imprint” presents the work of two young collage artists, David Woodward (Canada) and SomoS Summer 2015 Artist in Residence Ingrid Bittar (Brazil). The presentation traces how the artist’s inventive use of heritage and history, nostalgia and retromania allow for very current and relevant work.
Apart from formal similarities, and a joint interest in employing crafting techniques, both artists share the ability to make subversive and imaginative use of public historic and vintage imagery to create very personal and intimate narratives.
Extending the received collective consciousness of our dictionary of life with queer interventions and conceptual re-imaginings, David Woodward uses vintage source material for a very contemporary discourse. Indexing the found imagery that illustrate and symbolize the givens of this world, Woodward adds his own objects of importance to this collage mix, completing and subverting official narratives with personal, poetic and sly recombinations.
The Jealous Curator noted: “His color palettes are gorgeous, the compositions are fantastic, and his images choices are the perfect combination of strange, delicate, creepy and lovely.”
Ingrid Bittar’s detailed figurative collage work reflect on the formation of identity, and the things that happen inside a home. An obsessive collector of vintage print material, Bittar employs imagery from the worlds of three generations: children, parents and grandparents. A cumulative, sometimes almost literally top-heavy crushing sense of heritage is a recurrent part of the baroque narrative of the artist’s collages.
Also presented are Bittar’s “Mappings,” new crafty works which visually trace the history of her collages.
Exhibition Duration: October 2 – 17 2015
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 2-7pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 1st, 2015
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