Yesterday's piece was, obviously, a collage. I've long been fascinated by collage, but most of what I have seen in books, galleries, and online has been rather depressingly nostalgic, crafty, and ultimately dull. In a sense, that lack of inspiring work has at times dulled my own desire to create collages.
Some time ago, I came across the collage artistry of Jeffrey Meyer and was astounded. His art is incredible and his aesthetic is really bold, direct, and unique. I've spent an awful lot of time just browsing through his site and studying his collages. It's amazing work and it his been deeply inspirational to my own efforts. While I am nowhere near as skilled with the knife or at composition and artistry as Jeffrey, seeing the images he is crafting has always been a tremendous creative spark for me.
I am fortunate enough to now own one of Jeffrey's collages, called Anamorphic Gate, framed and hanging right in front of my drawing table in my blue closet studio. He has an enormous number of collages for sale, and the prices are a steal. Even better, the level of craft is amazing. My few collages generally have some loose ends, some glue bumps under the paper, and even a few sticky bits where I overdid it. The one I have from Jeffrey, framed and pressed very evenly against the glass, is flawless. If I hadn't been able to see the lines delineating the different pieces of paper, I would swear it was all of one smooth piece.
So I owe Jeffrey a debt of gratitude for inspiring my own collages with his beautiful, unsettling, and prolific output. And I encourage any of you interested in collage to check his stuff out and even buy a piece or two.