“Cut and paste” photo-collage is a medium that I’ve used over several years. Like many kids of my era growing up in the States, I enjoyed looking through magazines like National Geographic, Look, and LIFE magazines [and other periodicals] that were popular in America circa 1930’s-70s. When concept recording “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” album came out [June ’67], I loved the idea of the audio collage and accompanying cover which was a brilliant illustration created from cut and pasting bits of photos.
I began creating simple collages on envelopes and sending them to “pen pals” besides small poster sized ones. Twenty five years later, on my 40th birthday, I took up collaging and was soon doing exhibitions. In the next few years, I also taught photo-collage seminars through University of Oregon, served as art director for Denali [Lane Community Collage art magazine], and created a book of short stories and illustrations [bxw] whilst in Germany [’97-’98]. Though I gained a reputation as a “contemporary surrealist” with my conceptional motifs, the collages also include simple themes playing with shape and colors gleamed from magazines dated up to 1970 though often use kotacrome and ektachrome from the ’50s-60s [compliance with copyright law]. As I retire from my day job this year, the plan is to work on more projects including a card line.
audition – DJ Dills
Taking Flight DJ Dills
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