Due to the vast nature of a RETROSPECTIVE exhibition and the shear volume of physical material presented, many who attended the event (and some who were there in spirit only) expressed an interest in knowing more about the work. That's why over the next few weeks I will be uploading pieces from the show individually, not to explain the work, but to share additional information about the process that may be of interest.
This effort will also be beneficial to me (organizationally) as I am simultaneously working on a documentary film about "The Process of an Artist".
The Jazz Age / “Commencement Poly-Technic Evening High School”
21”x 24”x 3”
framed vintage photographic print with silver tape, india ink, spray paint, paint over poster, metal screws & nails, resin
Boxed Frame / List Price: $1,800
NOTE: This assemblage (typically an assemblage refers to an object composed of several objects as opposed to collage which is generally paper elements composed and glued to make a single work) is composed to two separate unfinished works: the vintage photo from the twenties of a graduation of an adult (perhaps remedial) high school, that I had previously treated with metallic tape and paint to re-focus attention on the otherwise forgotten people from the past and a "poster of a painting" which included a cat; the cat, which was left over from the original image seemed at odds with the the overall painting which had a spirit of its own- one that looked very jazzy to me. By combining these two works together each became stronger and in a way complimented each other. I thought to contrasting narrative of the students in an old fashioned b&w photo from the jazz age all dressed up for the photo was interesting set amidst the colorful painting, as these students must have also been apart of this colorful world as well.
-Also included here is a reference to typical imagery from the age.