Montage: Assignment 2

October 15, 2009

Today I had my crit for my final piece, which was a constructed system of 2-D and 3-D surfaces montaged to form a ‘maquette’. [This was my prof’s opinion I have adopted 🙂 its a fancy French term for a small scale model, used typically in architecture.] Here is a quick sample of my piece. I consider it a chaotic organized mess. For its intentions, it came together perfectly. Although it is not clearly represented here, most of those pieces are flat photographs sliced to reveal what is behind them, popped out of the frame and assembled to take a 2 dimensional art form and create a 3-D form the original intened to demonstrate [Cubism] and to take the surreal, make something real – the photograph – and turn it back into something surreal: a flat 2-D image that forms a three dimenstional construction.


On a completely different note, the objects in this montage cost less than the photographs used to represent them! The ‘repeating alarm’ clock I picked up at a yard sale for $1.00, each photo representing the clock cost $1.50 to print. The directors chair which appears eight different times cost $3.00, the photos collectively costing $12.00. Lastly, those frames were $1.00 for both, appearing also in all eight photos. Once you add in the matte board at $3.95 and the hot glue, this montage cost 3X the original cost of the objects!

October 13, 2009

Here’s a neat video we were sent in connection to our next assignment:  Ukraine\’s Got Talent – Sand Animation.

So the due date for our second Beyond the Frame assignment is coming right up on Thursday.


We have been studying a lot of photo montage, work done by Dada, back in the 30’s, ect.

The assignment is to create a piece or series of work that includes photo montage or a resemblence to that style. Using various stylistic choices of Cubist painting and Surrealism I am going to take some of their obvious elements and re-create them with photographs in a 2-D 3D montage. I am using a chair, some picture frames and a clock to create a still life. The final piece will resemble a mobile, so the work will be documented as a free-hanging sculpture piece. It will be composed of multiple images overlapped. Two things concern me at the moment: a) I will not have time to finish it to perfection b) it will not meet the 5 montage requirement of the assignment. I am hoping the amount of time I put into this piece will replace ‘quantity’ with ‘quality’.

Another problem is going to be ‘animating’ the chair. In Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2”  he brings the ‘figure’ to life representing movement down a flight of stairs. In my montage I am going to bring this movement to the chair as if it were on a turn table, but it is also going to incorporate cubist perspectives in a combination of 2 and 3 dimensional surfaces.


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