Posts Tagged ‘mimmo rotella’

Artist of the moment….Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay is a truly talented artist born in San Rafael, California in the year 1955. I hope you take the time to watch at some of the clips in this entry as Marclay is a photographer, painter, collage artist specializing in using cut up records  and skilled in the audio and visual arts as well. His most famous works are assemblages of film and audio segments. His mother was American and father Swiss so he spent most of childhood educated in Switzerland.

In some collages you see in the gallery they are made from used and cut up record albums.

For his artistic studies Marclay attended at the Ecole Supiere d’Art Visuel in Geneva, Switzerland. He then went onto the Massachusetts College of Art located in Boston, and Cooper Union College of New York City.

For his audio art although his actions took place at the same time, supposedly his work was not influenced by the rap and hip hop movement of the 1970s and 1980s. He looks like an old school DJ here as he mixes some tunes for us to enjoy. He liked to look at these as sound collages. Back when he started a band and were short a percussion player he started to use records as a substitute.

A fan of the Fluxus movement. This movement took place in the 1960s and 1970s and artists looked to combine different media in their output. Marclay uses this idea in his filmwork and his audio work. He has stated before as an audio artist he enjoys collecting used records and sometimes splits them in half and reassembles the record so it plays with the skip and all.

In this movie we see hollywood greats from Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwick, and Tom Selleck  all wait with impatience and nervousness wait for or place a phone call. A great insight into phone use in movies from the 1920s to present day. The film was made in 1995.

His most famous video collage is titled Clocks. In 2011 at the Venice Biennale he won the award for best artist for this work. This work consists of clips and segments from movies that have to do with clocks. The film lasts 24 hours and played to stand out audiences. The film was made to last 24 hours but this is just a short clip.

Works out of New York City and London, England.

I hope you take some time to explore more installation artists. The internet does a much better job at explaining their work than even the best art critic or a magazine article.

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If you enjoy this artist I sure you would like the Italian artist Mimmo Rotella. An example of his style is below a subject he featured often, Marilyn Monroe.



Artist of the moment….Street artist “PosterBoy”

Poster Boy is another name for the graffiti artist based in New York city whose birth name is Henry Matyjewicz. Born in 1983, he has become renown for his contemporary art that uses modern imagery. He makes up the ideas by using a razor blade to cut and edit what he wants.

Poster Boy went to community college and studied art in New York before dropping out  and going back to street art.

His technique of cutting up posters happened after waiting for a subway to come along, it gave him something to do. PosterBoy came to enjoy using the advertising posters that he saw on subway platforms, it was perfect for this kind of art because it has a back that is adhesive. 2008 was his most productive year producing more than 200 works.

Started having his work in galleries starting in 2009.

Poster Boy’s cutting of the posters, is illegal. But this activity is not on a high priority of the subway officials.

The artist has been in  and out of court for his art.

Of the gallery artist covered here I found Poster Boy to remind most of the Italian collage artist, Mimmo Rotello. Below an example of his work. Rotella worked with torn advertising papers.


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A link to the artist website on Flickr that shows some of his unique works.  Even if works are taken down by officials, most times a photograph or two is taken before this happens.

In this clip we see PosterBoy in action.

Again we see the artist live in action!

Its great to see street art that takes the art of decollage into account.


Artist of the moment….Mimmo Rotella

Mimmo Rotella was a wonderful Pop artist that specialized in decollage. Mimmo Rotella was born in Catanza, Calabria part of Italy in the year 1918. His working process was to take a poster, tear it apart, and then rearrange it. In addition Rotella was also a poet.

After leaving the armed forces he attended the Naples Art Academy. Rotella even invented art and poetry by sometimes making up words.

Fulbright Scholar at the University of Missouri.

Started producing his signature decollage works in 1953.

Price range information: The artist worked for the most part in series containing 100 to 250 print editions that range from $1,000 to $2,000 for the most part. Original works range $10,000 to $30,000. No pricing available for sculpture works like the bookshelves or seats. I think the seats would be a great commission work for an artist to decorate the public bus stop seats or even community park benches.

In this clip we visit a hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland and a show given in 2012 featuring Mimmo Rotella.

The artist was part  of the Nouveau Realisme movement. The founding member of this group was Pierre Restany. Restany was a well respected art critic at a time when they mattered dearly to any artist! Also coming from France, the idea of the organization was to rethink and redine what art was. Another  famous artist coming from the group was Yves Klein. Yves Klein was a great pop artist that only produced work for less than one decade. He is renown for a type of designer blue that he invented appropriately called Klein Blue.

Yves Klein despite his short life had a great impact on culture and design. For an example of rethinking what art is and can be check out this clip! A nude seen in 2000 type setting, naked and covered with paint. Keep in mind Klein come up with the idea in 1962.

And here we have a resin cast sculpture by Klein. Klein passed away in 1962 after suffering a few heart attacks at the age of 34.


Rotella passed away in 2006 in Milan, Italy.

Rotella is a great example of a decollage artist that is very much in sync with the moment, a great example of Pop art.