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Collage in Black and White: A Retrospective

Long before there were computers and scanners, there were paper, scissors, and glue. Collage was a matter of trimming paper from newspapers, magazines, books, and various kinds of junk paper. Cut and pasted in the best way possible, these collages used up the source materials they were made of.

Later, there were photocopy machines. Source material could be copied and saved, but only in black and white. And still later, there were color photocopiers, which could copy all kinds of colored papers and save them for use in many .

Eventually, computers came along. Now all could be reused indefinitely at little or no cost. But the remains electronic and intangible until it is printed. Moreover, even the making of the is intangible. Cutting and pasting images on a computer screen is nothing like making a paper collage; for all the advantages of digital collage–all the effects that can be easily created in a digital collage but not with paper–the physical feel of paper collage is lost.

Here are five collages done with pasted paper, dating from before I owned a computer. Even though I can now do so much more with digital collage (both in black and white and in color), I still miss the feel of doing paper collage.

Antipodean Institute for Levitation (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Antipodean Institute For Levitation (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

 

Liberation of the Letter Carrier(1999). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Liberation of the Letter Carrier(1999). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Pursuit of Happiness (1999). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Pursuit of Happiness (1999). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric . All rights reserved.

The Sideshow Saint (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

The Sideshow Saint (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

When Mother Is Ill (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

When Mother Is Ill (1997). Paper collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

 

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  • paula schuck June 25, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Hi there and thanks for the link! Lovely collage.

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    • Eric Edelman June 25, 2013, 8:31 pm

      You’re very welcome, Paula. Thanks for your kind words!

      Reply
  • Dominique Goh June 25, 2013, 8:07 pm

    Lovely black and white collages this week. Happy WW

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    • Eric Edelman June 25, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Dominique–have a great WW!

      Reply
  • OneDay June 25, 2013, 8:16 pm

    These are fascinating. I could look at them repeatedly and discover new details every time. Happy WW!

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    • Eric Edelman June 25, 2013, 8:28 pm

      Thanks very much–have a great WW!

      Reply
  • Alissa Apel June 25, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I miss hands on art sometimes to. I did start a piece a few weeks ago.

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    • Eric Edelman June 25, 2013, 10:14 pm

      I plan to do a lot more of it soon. Thanks very much for your comment, Alissa!

      Reply
  • Joyce June 25, 2013, 11:33 pm Reply
    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 9:40 am

      Thanks very much, Joyce! I appreciate your kind words.

      Reply
  • Robin from Israel June 25, 2013, 11:47 pm

    I love the look and feel of these collages, so tactile.

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    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 9:43 am

      Thanks very much for your kind comment, Robin! I’m glad that their tactility came through.

      Reply
  • jessica @peekababy June 25, 2013, 11:53 pm

    There are just some creative energies that have to be worked out using real tangible materials…it’s a whole different experience. Fabulous!

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    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 10:05 am

      Thanks, Jessica! Yes, you’re right…it’s a different experience indeed. And it’s an experience that I want more of.

      Reply
  • Gattina June 26, 2013, 1:00 am

    Absolutely great ! I love the creativity, no matter what I use ! Now I am trying out all possibilities with a computer but I still paint.

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    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 10:11 am

      Thanks very much, Gattina! Kudos to you for maintaining a balanced approach to creativity.

      Reply
  • Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes June 26, 2013, 4:18 am

    Fantastic collection of collages.

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    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 10:12 am

      Thank you very much, Rhonda!

      Reply
  • stevebethere June 26, 2013, 6:15 am

    Amazing how they still have the same effect as they do in colour :-)

    Have a fantabulosa week :-)

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    • Eric Edelman June 26, 2013, 10:14 am

      Thank you so much, Steve! Glad you think so. Have a super-fab week. :D

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