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Flex Collage

Adam Collier Noel

United States

Collage, Digital on Other

Size: 24 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

Flex is a mixed media artwork created from a scanned original photo of a vintage muscle man flexing. The original image was scanned, manipulated, printed on watercolor paper and mounted on panel. The white 'drawing' was done with a resistance material before it was printed. The piece is finished with a glass-like coating of epoxy resin. The basis of my mixed media collages are blue prints, road maps, bus tickets, letters of correspondence and various other items of paper ephemera which invoke the nostalgia of a Midwestern upbringing and the roots of my artistic cultivation. Inspiration is derived from the inherent meaning in these documents as well as the images they are paired with. These vintage sales slips, receipts, invoices, etc. serve as a reminder of the importance of paper as a record of human history, but also the fleetingness of a life reduced to ephemeral moments. Many of the figures incorporated into the artwork are taken from my extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique daguerreotypes and mid-century snapshots. Each photograph in the acquisition is chosen because of its ability to simultaneously mirror intimate and universal facets of the human experience. The ambiguous figures often have a familiarity and represent archetypical image of masculinity and the Everyman. For this reason they are dealt with as a kind of self-portrait. Appropriation of these ‘forgotten’ photographs is an essential part of my art making process. Repurposing the images with new content not only builds upon the original history of the photographs, but creates a transcendence of time and a revitalization of the past. I have often expressed that I may not necessarily be the photographer of these relics, but through my artistic interpretation I feel I am their curator.

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Collage:Digital on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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Throughout my education in photography I worked to combine diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. That love of experimentation has continued today as I explore mixed-media collage and abstract acrylic painting in my latest body of work. My collage pieces consist of found and reclaimed paper ephemera repurposed into energetic, abstract color-scapes. I have an extensive collection of blue prints, vintage road maps, book pages, letters of correspondence and various other source items which evoke the nostalgia of my Midwestern upbringing and roots of my artistic cultivation. Inspiration is derived from the inherent meaning in these documents and when combined with layers of paint, three-dimensional objects, photo transfer, etc. I build upon the original history of the material and create an enhanced narrative. My latest body of abstract acrylic paintings uses my familiar grid motif as a compositional framework. Color theory, balance, texture, and intuition all play an important role in the creation of this work. The satisfying actions of mixing colors and applying paint with a palette knife make the process of studio time very meditative. The paintings take shape organically with each color applied meticulously to conceal or reveal the layer below. One color choice dictates the next until an overall rhythmic harmony is achieved.

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