Saturday, March 24, 2018

COLLAGE EXPLORATIONS: THE GOOD AND THE BAD

"Red on the Hill"  10" X 8"  collage on paper,  Lori LaBerge 2018

While searching for art on Netflix, I was lucky enough to find the documentary "Eva Hesse". Parts of her diary are read and it explores her doubts. She questions her work, should she continue, what would happen if she did not, how could she make her work better, feeling stuck, etc. It explores what all of us feel at one time or another.

Hesse's friendship with Sol Lewitt and his letters to her struck a note with me. He tells her to explore, to make terrible work, to create nonsensical work and to forget about others opinions (basically, "F--- Them." He mentions not letting your own ideas hold you back. He gets down to the idea of just making work whether it is good or not.

Another take was Hesse's comments on the longevity of her work. She really didn't care, it was the art in the moment that mattered and up to museums to worry about any deterioration of work. This made me think about how maybe art is in the moment, maybe it is not meant to last. It may be meant to move forward with the new.

"Cavern"  10" X 8"  Time spent exploring organic shapes ending in compositional problems

While "Red on the Hill" shown at the top of the post is worthy of framing, I'm not seeing "Cavern" as anywhere near that level. I see the former as the good and the latter as the bad. Too many compositional problems. (I'll give myself a break as it was 3 a.m.) There are, however some interesting sections to it. I decided to rotate the work, exploring the colors and shapes,looking for what I may be able to use in future pieces.


When the work was turned upside down, I liked the idea of what appears to be lightning created by the white edges of ripped paper. The colors work well together and the L-shape created by the blue, green and black frames the red. (Note how the thicker L-shape is created in "Red on the Hill" by the greens and pink).

"Red on the Hill" was started with a clear idea, while "Cavern" was not. For me, this makes a difference in the outcome of a work. I don't need a full design in mind, but an idea helps me to move forward. With "Cavern" the idea never really developed and the thought of a cavern didn't hit me until it was finished. The piece may have been better had I come to that idea sooner.

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