Junk Mail 02 Collage by Nick Maroussas

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Selected by Jordan Baseman for Creekside Open 2017
Exhibited at Too Many Cooks, London, March 2017

Art Description

Collage: Paper, Acrylic, Marker, Spray Paint, Paint on Paper.

The title ‘Junk Mail 02’ refers directly to the disposable materials that have been repurposed in the piece. It was one of a series of four in which I began to tile estate-agency flyers or cereal packets to make larger compositions. I like my work to be affected by my surroundings, by what is available to me at a given time.

Each tile is designed to succeed alone but creates new relationships when placed with others in a group. It’s really a natural progression from my earlier work, ‘16 x 228s’, sixteen stickers embellished with layered character designs and framed together, but this was the first time I’d joined separate pieces without gaps to make a new singular work, rather than a collection. In ‘Junk Mail 02’, influenced by Kes Richardson’s 2016 ‘Fair Game’ exhibition at Fold, I took my process even further by cutting out and swapping whole chunks of the near-completed tiles.

I’m influenced by sticker art and graffiti but more specifically the impermanence of urban walls; how they naturally change over time with the adding of tags, stickers and paste-ups, but also the subtraction of parts that are ripped and weathered. It’s man-made and yet it’s evolved in a very natural way.


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Junk Mail 02

Nick Maroussas

United Kingdom

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Size: 14.5 W x 19.2 H x 0.8 in

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