Text on glossy magazine pages
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“Verily I testify, thy violent and wonky misdeed didst wend its way across my tablet. It popped in as I got dressed (as Keith Richards) for the All Hallows’ Eve feast at Hampton Court. The quote you’re after is, “Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. Yet fools will rush to her door like flies.”
Last month, I was surprised to see the painting below. That’s because a year ago, I’d printed out public domain images of an original Shakespeare manuscript to create guest book pages.
“Illustrated Macbeth” by Hideshi Koshisawa
Visitors to an art exhibition experienced an interactive meta installation by writing comments and notes over the text. It was an experiment, so the pages were destroyed when the exhibition ended.
I think Koshisawa was brave to paint on the pages of an early edition French literature text. (I don’t remember the title but you can ask him). I would ruin a whole book before getting anything done.
With this collage, I wanted a feel for Koshisawa’s process, in reverse. The fictional note was printed on three glossy magazine pages. To create the overlay, I trimmed the images with scissors, cut out and glued image over image, text over text.
[ii] Old timey matte
The lower section was filled in with tape and parts of pages. These lifted the dark tones and highlighted the red building in the background. Finally, I photographed the collage, and processed the image with filters and frames. All done.
Thank you for weighing in. Have a great Wednesday. xo