September 17 - December 11, 2014
Cleveland Clinic Art Exhibition Area – between Q and G buildings
In the summer of 1912, a young painter named Pablo Picasso temporarily put away his paint brushes and started working on a new group of small scale artworks. Using only a bottle of glue, a pair of scissors and the discarded debris found lying about his studio: scraps of fabric, yesterday’s newspaper, printed sheet music, bits of colored paper and wood veneers, he created the very first collages of the modern day. These works would begin a dialogue for artists about broad experimentation with diverse materials that has continued up to today.
Collage has widely influenced how we accumulate, edit and understand information in the 21st century. Film, literature, poetry, music, fashion and advertising all owe a great debt to the art form. One could contend that the internet is a big integrated collage of ideas and images. Even the socially responsible act of recycling shares a kindred spirit with the transformative nature of collage by repurposing old materials into something new.
Picasso is widely credited with coining the term "collage,” from the French: coller, meaning "to glue, or to build up with parts.” Over the past century, many other art forms have sprung forth from this word. Découpage from the French: découper, "to cut up, to carve,” is the process of cutting fragments from commercially printed or hand painted papers and gluing them to a surface. Photomontage has enabled artists to combine multiple images in one composite photograph. The advent of digital technology has contributed to even more experimentation of this technique.
Cleveland Clinic is pleased to present Cut & Paste, an exhibition that examines how the rich tradition of collage has influenced the artists featured here. The artists featured - Sarah Brenneman, Anne Chu, Blaise Drummond, Chris Duncan, Mark Fox, Daniel Gordon, Michelle Grabner, Andrea Hahn, Ulrike Heydenreich , Soo Kim, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter Sutherland, and Rachel Perry Welty - are primarily painters, sculptors and photographers but together they share a common thread, in that they approach their work through the lens of collage. While the term “cut and paste” has taken on a new meaning in the digital age, contemporary artists continue to examine the tradition of collage and as a way to extend and explore imagery. Through cutting, tearing, layering, weaving and splicing, these works reveal a subtle poetic shift between the processes of adding and subtracting visual information to generate a new whole.
Images L to R: Chris Duncan, I’ve Got the Spirit, 2012 (Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery); Sarah Brenneman, Drunk and Potted, 2008 (Courtesy Jeff Bailey Gallery); Soo Kim, Falling Suddenly to her Knees, 2009 (Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery).