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Collagescapes

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Oliver Wasow‘s artwork for It’s All Around You (2004), an album by US group Tortoise, contains some fine examples of disjunctive (Surrealist, if you must) collage landscapes. This is a sub-genre of collage that I’ve always enjoyed, especially when it’s carefully done, and I was wondering recently whether Wasow had done anything similar for other groups. Discogs has a few more examples, one of which looks like something from the masters of the photo-collage cover, Hipgnosis.

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But searching was curtailed when I remembered a much earlier example of the disjunctive collagescape on the cover of Sort Of (1972) by Slapp Happy. I’d forgotten all about this superb piece by avant-garde filmmaker David Larcher which really needs to be seen on a 12-inch sleeve; this is one of those collages where the combination of careful composition, equalised light and shade, and concealed edges makes the picture seem at first glance like an ordinary photograph. Whether Larcher has produced more work of this quality, I can’t say. Another of his collages can be found at The Quietus where Cyclobe enthuse about his films. For more elaborate collagescapes you have to look elsewhere, to one of the prime exponents of the technique, Tsunehisa Kimura.

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  1. #1 posted by Modzilla

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    The cover for Primitive and Deadly by Earth which, coincidentally, is right alongside this piece is quite a good example too. It reminds me of Maxwell Parrish by way of Tadanori Yokoo.

  2. #2 posted by Modzilla

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    Sorry, that should have been Maxfield

  3. #3 posted by John

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    Indeed. Don McGreevy has played in Earth, and also did this collagescape for the Master Musicians Of Bukkake:

    http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2507778

 




 

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