Collaging materials explore artistic possibilities

Layered Meanings on view at Albuquerque Museum August 7, 2021–February 20, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Albuquerque Museum presents Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, organized by the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, and curated by Michael Duncan. The exhibition will be on view from June 26 to September 26, 2021.

Artists across disciplines, mediums, and traditions have used various techniques of collaging materials to explore new artistic possibilities for hundreds of years. When materials are removed from their original source, they take on new meanings and resonances when placed in the context of other objects or images. The introduction of mass produced media such as chromolithographs and photographs began a trend of extracting and recombining diverse images into one composition in order to explore personal and sometimes political meanings. Collage traditions continue today as a means to explore the potency of combining diverse images and ideas. Layered Meanings includes works ranging from the Pop art movement of the 1960s to contemporary examples.

This exhibition explores various methods for layering imagery and materials to create new possibilities and new realities. Often artists will reassemble everyday objects such as magazine cutouts or scrap paper to create works of art that are fresh, yet familiar. The techniques utilized by artists in Layered Meanings include: collage (layered two-dimensional objects that are adhered to a supporting surface), assemblage (a three-dimensional collage), and montage (imagery combined and layered into a seamless unified composition).

Constructing a unified work from existing materials involves bringing that material’s past associations into a renewed interpretation. The resulting layering may have political, psychological, aesthetic, or personal resonances. Artists use various collage techniques to explore ideas about the landscape, psychological layers, abstraction, and the personal vs. the universal. The works seek the artistic possibilities within the mundane; they invite the viewer to consider the expressive potential of the everyday imagery and objects that surround us.


Layered Meanings
Albuquerque Museum
On view August 7, 2021–February 20, 2022

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Albuquerque Museum has served as the city's cultural center since 1967. Located in the heart of Old Town, the Museum is a leading institution for art, history, and culture in the Southwest. Albuquerque Museum is a division of the Department of Arts & Culture, City of Albuquerque.

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Denise Crouse
August 7, 2021