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Alas, dear Quoter…

..alas, dear quoter, collage with printed text, framed in modern
[i] Modern

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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.

art on literature “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.

alas, dear quoter, collage with printed text, framed in old timey matte
[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

By ΠιCΘLΣ

Life is short, so let’s be decent.

82 replies on “Alas, dear Quoter…”

Thanks Sabiscuit, you too 🙂 I know what you mean, though… I’d planned a fun sheep post for the weekend. But it took me ’til today just to feel like posting a bit of fun on my fb. It all seems so frivolous 😦 Also not smiling about our new king-of-frivolous leader, Trudeau… grrr!!! 😛 But tomorrow is another day! :-/ ♥ ❤

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heh… Yep, and finishing us off will be the one thing junior is capable of 😛 Thanks for the hug, my friend 🙂 Just wanna get our real PM back and wake up from this nightmare sequel :-/ … But oh well… 1:00 am here. Time to count sheep, then write something happy about ’em in the morning… Goodnight Sabiscuit 🙂 ♥ ❤

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I love this piece! And using public domain images to create a guest book? Thanks – I am so “borrowing” that idea 🙂

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Please borrow the idea. I’ll look out for a report on the results. I’ve been commissioned to do guest pages for public events on occasion and I wanted to try this idea before another request came in. I’m so glad you like it. x

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That’s a lovely thing to say. Thank you. 🙂 The somewhat choppy arrangement of text against what feels like a very British palette reminds me of “Never Mind the Bollocks…” (which slightly riffs against the Keith Richards thing). But the font is ‘off’, so the reference is made without being overly obvious or stale. It’s odd, I’m really interested in the font choice because it reminds me very much of mid to late 1980s Goth posters. So, we have Keith Richards (1960s), Sex Pistols (1970s), and spikey fonts which lead me to the fonts in something like this, from 1986:

It’s an interesting piece. The longer I stare, the hungrier my eyes and brain become. Nice.

I’m really envious, and very impressed. 🙂

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Thank you for this comprehensive critique. The font you referenced in the graphic is nice. Another reader mentioned the value of not being overly obvious and I appreciate that. The font choice was difficult. However, I must admit, typography was part of my graduate coursework so that helped with the selection. I was going for a new gothic look, so you’re right about that. The burlap dress was a nod to Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales. I was elated to see this fabric in a high fashion look. I’m also happy you like the font and the overall result, thank you.

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Thank you so much. It’s the size of a magazine page. I am not sure about selling but thanks for the encouraging words. I would consider it if I find a comfortable range and space to work in. x

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Thank you for weighing in, Ogden. I’m happy you mentioned the elusive meaning. I wanted to offer as much contrast as possible to the background. I knew that if I matched the layers too much, the collage would end up looking flat. Some of my favourite editorial layouts have elements that do not belong together. So, I emulated that. x

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“What awesome manifest is this? Thy guts have fallen to thy garters… hast though no pride in classics?” … I have been misquoting Shakespeare since I had to ad-lib as Nurse in Romeo & Juliet in a school play when a fellow actor forgot his lines to get us off the stage.

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They flock, as flies do. “Love makes fools of us all,” said some radio drama actor, years ago. I can’t tell if it’s true because I’m part of the Borg collective. Wild Cat and another person said so, and I believe they’re right.

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I pity the pastor who has to look after that flock, radio or no. At least no one called you part of the Bjork collective, so there’s that. (though if you only believe they’re right, you could be wrong; we, the Borg, just know).

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I’m counting my blessings with you. Diwali is part of Jamaican culture. My M-9 must have a bejewelled suppressor. And how is it that we are fans of the same weapon? That thought stymies.

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Your special skill is getting away with provocative comments. It’s awful. (I love awful.) A friend and I used to do that deliberately over the phone. I’m microwaving my hard drive now because someone is monitoring this convo. Although I suspect your “body count” is hidden in a discreet pile in a chest under the bed. It’s a pity Hugh’s gone in a new direction now. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/13/opinions/robbins-playboy-no-more-nudity/

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You are so nice to me, Helen. Thank you very much for looking at it. I am lusting after that raw edge burlap/hemp outfit that young woman is wearing. It’s so organic. I hope your eye is healing nicely. xoxo

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Thank you very much for adding your thoughts. I enjoy being inspired by other artists’ work. For me, this was a reaction to the critique of a Russian artist that was published in the UK Telegraph. I thought it was not fair to comment on an artist’s “lack of process and struggle” without trying it out. So, I did that before commenting on this particular painting. I now have a greater respect for this work, having needed about two weeks to find a good concept to work with.

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You’re very kind. Thank you very much. I kind of feel this was a tester so just put it out there to see how a future one would be received. I will fix that typo in two shakes of a lamb’s tail (or is that “tale”). Bad joke Wednesday.

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Thank you, again. This information really helps. I selected the text first and the pages after. So I guess it was an unconscious matching. I’ll make sure to be deliberate next time.

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The thing seems so simple, as many do when turned out with the deft hand of an artist, yet complicated with the layering, giving a three dimensional effect. The phrasing is a comic relief to me, and brings a genuine smile to me lips! { Keith Richards ! ; ) }

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Keith Richards: I know, right? I thought that they would appreciate each other had they been contemporaries. And I love anachronisms. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

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You’re so nice, Derrick. Thank you very much. This happened very quickly. Had I known it would have turned out all right, I’d have done a time lapse video. Perhaps next time. Enjoy Wednesday. x

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