Collage by Justin Allen. Photo by Roger Davies

Poster installation by Justin Allen. Photo by Roger Davies.

Poster installation by Justin Allen, leather bags by Chosé General. Photo by Roger Davies.

Leather bags by Chosé General. Photo by Roger Davies.

Hand-painted silks by Katrin Jurati, Karandash armchair by Fernando Rodrigues, leather bags by Chosé General. Photo by Roger Davies.

Leather bags by Chosé General

Hand-painted silks by Katrin Jurati

Stationary by Chosé General, hand-made books by Justin Allen, displayed pop-up book by Justin Allen, hand-painted silks by Katrin Jurati, Karandash armchair by Fernando Rodrigues. Photo by Roger Davies.

Hand-painted silk necklaces by Katrin Jurati. Photo by Roger Davies.

Ceramics by Pilar Wiley. Photo by Roger Davies.

Hand-painted silks by Katrin Jurati, wooden shelf and Mountain by Louis Gabriel, reclaimed poster artwork by Nicolau Vergueiro and Marco Antonio Prado. Photo by Roger Davies.

Artist’s Side Projects – installation at Sitko Studio

February 12 -13, 2011 Exilo Studio and Sitko Studio presented their first joined open studio event.  A curated collection from each studio featured furniture, art, ceramics, textiles, utensils and accessories.  Overall these two studio’s displayed the range of various artist’s reach: from the dramatic gesture of a photographer designing their first furniture line, to the subtle gesture of  a ceramic artist testing new glaze patterns on simple ceramic forms.  Exilo studio artists and designers include: Noah Albert, Chose General, Louis Gabriel, Alexander Khan, Vanessa Prado and Katie McKay.  Sitko Studio artists and designers included: Joel Otterson, Willem Henri Lucas, Chelsea Novalle, Shoshi Kanokahata, elf-shelf co., utensils by Marcus Perez/Kuan Hwa and Taidgh O’Neil.

Posters as medium – from one wall to another

Leilah Weinraub selected the items on the Top Ten feature in the 2011 summer issue of ARTFORUM.

She sweetly included my current work in her list.    Check the the online version here.

Some images of the print version, arranged with personal items on my desk:

Cover of Artforum Summer 2011 issue with original print from Gary Leonard, ceramic banana by Alivia Zivich and hand-sewn and painted silk neklace by Katrin Jurati

Artforum magazine with ceramic banana by Alivia Zivich, sculpture by Erik Tyberg, hand-sewn and painted silk necklace by Katrin Jurati, Comme des Garçons neon wallet, and Japanese toy lips

Some images from the series ʻHistory of the World – Adams and Crenshaw’ by Nicolau Vergueiro and Marco Antonio Prado:

This body of work is made from layers of posters that had been affixed atop one another over time,

reclaimed from a wall outside a mechanic shop at Adams and Crenshaw Blvds.  The top layer had

been painted black.  By peeling away different sections of the numerous layers, compositions are created

by revealing the hidden images of the posters.





Alexander Rodchenko, Untitled Illustration from Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “Pro Eto”, 1923

Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919

Collage, as art medium, fully developed in the early 20th century, facilitated by the emergence of mechanically reproduced images.

Avant-garde movements of the time used ads and other printed images to relay their aesthetics and ideals. Propaganda from propaganda.

In the 1950’s, the affichistes Raymond Hains and Jacques Villeglé emerged.  Their work utilized torn city posters, or affiches lacérées, as their medium to create ready-made compositions.

Raymond Hains, Poster in Yiddish, 1950

Jacques Villeglé, ABC, 1959

Fellow affichiste Mimmo Rotella stands out by concentrating his subject matter and source materials to movie posters and their stars, most notably, Marilyn Monroe:

Mimmo Rotella, Marilyn, 1966

Mimmo Rotella, Marilyn, 1962

Mimmo Rotella, Marilyn, 1972

In the 70’s and 80’s the lacerated poster became synonymous with the branding of the punk movement. The literal anti-establishment aesthetic continued to explore a critique of capitalist production/consumerism, only to became a marketing tool itself.

Sex Pistols iphone wallpaper

FROM ONE WALL TO ANOTHER – recent artwork utilizing posters:

Richard Prince's site-specific installation at the Hong Kong Museum of Art for the exhibition 'Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation', 2009

Klara Liden, installation shot at Serpentine Gallery, London, 2010.

Mark Bradford's post-Katrina ark, part of Prospect 1, 2008


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