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Collage Goes DARK

  On January 18, 2012 -- TODAY -- many sites on the Internet (including the English-language version of the encyclopedia site Wikipedia)  will go completely DARK for twenty-four hours. Why? The owners and users of those sites are protesting SOPA and PIPA, the two "anti-piracy" bills currently up for consideration in the United States Congress.

Star of Gratitude: Houston, We Have PageRank!

While Art of RetroCollage has focused on collage, it is also a blog in itself with measurable indicators. Recently Google did another PR update, and our blog went from PR0 to PR3. We show our appreciation to our readers with new artwork called "The Star of Gratitude."

On Interpretation & Interaction

People who look for symbolic meanings fail to grasp the inherent poetry and mystery of the image. -- Magritte Magritte's thesis represents one possible position in the perception of art; there are others...

Wood Engravings and Collage (III)

This article was first published as Wood Engravings and Collage (III) on Blogcritics. The last postin this series discussed how lines and dots in wood engraving create the illusion of light and shade in three dimensions, and presented some sample illustrations. This post will explore how wood engravings became the preferred mode of image publication

Paradox Regained

How does one see the impossible? Sometimes by means of the paradoxical. A previous post asserted that wood engravings reproduce well in high contrast, and yet are capable of showing a wide range of mid-tone grays. This broad tonal range arises from the areas of line and/or dot systems in a wood engraving. The lines

Wood Engravings and Collage (II)

To illustrate the tonal effects possible in a wood engraving, look at the first illustration. It was made by Poyet, the famous 19th century French engraver of scientific and technical subjects, and appeared in the after-dinner science book La Science Amusante, by “Tom Tit” (the pseudonym of writer Arthur Good, also French despite his English-sounding

Wood Engravings and Collage

Wood engravings have several advantages as collage source material. First, a large number of wood engravings still exist, depicting almost every type of subject matter known to 19th century society, and many have been republished in large anthologies. Second, wood engravings can be easily scanned or photocopied, producing images that are crisp and high-contrast (unlike