Destructure reality to recompose it, by mixing different elements, isn’t this a subject that animates our current reflections in this more restrictive and introspective period? An approach that ‘s not only the prerogative of fashion. From 1910 onwards, no artistic expression was “spared” by the temptation of collagism.

Collage série Échappée –  Claire Remy

Collage série Enivrance –  Claire Remy

Collecting, selecting, cutting out old magazines, during the confinement, the idea was forced upon me. To come back to this old technique of collage-editing without any use of technological artifices, to give free to the universes, moodboards cut out with colour and other approaches.

Collage série Échappée –  Claire Remy

Collage série Enivrance –  Claire Remy

If we look more closely at this artistic movement, we can see two main steps characteristic of this approach: chaos or deconstruction and order or recomposition. The collagist and montagist experiments produce innovative works, defying the rules of “old” art.

This game of transformation, of the double reading of reality has its origin in the different artistic movements of the Avant-Garde; Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Constructivism and Surrealism. The unconstrained search for the new, the direct confrontation with reality, the critical and emancipatory power of art are privileged.

Today, whatever its translation, whether it is handmade or digitalized, she continues to express the same claiming, humorous, strangely dreamlike language, both contemporary and past, which takes all its meaning in the confrontation of our worlds before and after. The time factor is one of the elements to create the illusion between history and the vector, thanks to the use of images telescoped between two periods.

Some artists like the Ukrainian Alexey Kondakov have transposed characters from masterpieces of classical painting into our 21st century. Using Photoshop successfully, he manages to artistically blend theatrical scenes into our everyday environment. Or how to mix art with popular culture.

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Johannes Vermeer’s Girl – Hayati Evren

Mixing art with popular culture – Hayati Evren

Roma Lungotevere Marzio

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Johannes Vermeer’s Girl – Hayati Evren

Mixing art with popular culture – Hayati Evren

Roma Lungotevere Marzio

In the situation of confinement, like a stopped time, Stylist magazine uses with derision, this double confrontation, customizing and introducing an annotation in the painting of a famous character.

Stylist France

Stylist France

Stylist France

Stylist France

Lizzie Gill is a mixed media artist whose work explores the themes of the retro-americana in a contemporary context. Through a variety of media, it illustrates a temporal distortion of everyday life. Her work takes a nostalgic look at the past and the innocence of Americans, this leads us to question their sense of time and the role of culture. Her editorial commissions include The New York Times Magazine, Wired & Vogue.

Lizzie Gill – Houseparty

Lizzie Gill – Adult Swim

Lizzie Gill – Houseparty

Lizzie Gill – Houseparty

Lizzie Gill – AdultSwim

Lizzie Gill- Housparty

Another similar approach is the audacious style of designer Rosie Assoulin, who illustrates her brand by re-contextualizing looks and models, in a shifting universe or in association with the history of her collection, like a photo novel .

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin

Rosie Assoulin

But like any approach, the art of collage is above all, the idea of merging several media, using a diversity of techniques that new photographers, graphic designers, visual artists exert in a multidisciplinary way, mixing pictorial techniques with editing software and digital tools.

The Romanian artist Andreea Robescu mixes the bright colours of painting with GIF animations, superimposing different patterns, of opposite colours, to create images overloaded with elements.

Andreea Robescu

Andreea Robescu

Andreea Robescu

Andreea Robescu

StudioUltraLuxe , specialized in GIF communication, explores through different campaigns, in particular with the collaboration of H&M for HACKEDBY , the collage as a reference, to create a new fashion, rethinking and assembling unsold stocks.

Studio Ultradeluxe

Studio Ultradeluxe

Studio Ultradeluxe

Studio Ultradeluxe

Photographer Mario Sorrenti and artist John Baldessari join forces in a game of seduction between fashion and conceptual art. Raw and licked pictures transformed into quasi-surrealist representations with images of human bodies embellished with flat colors (Noses Elbows and knees, available in the Saint Laurent Rive Gauche shop).

A kind of introspection, with hidden identities that plays on abstraction and anonymization of faces and bodies. This is also the artistic signature of Stefan Gunnesh’s fragmented, multi-layered collages.

John Baldessari & Mario Sorrenti

John Baldessari & Mario Sorrenti

John Baldessari & Mario Sorrenti

Stefan Gunnesch

Stefan Gunnesch

Stefan Gunnesch

John Baldessari & Mario Sorrenti

Stefan Gunnesch

Re-compose, de-compose today; It’s reinventing the present moment, it’s imagining tomorrow. For something new to emerge…

Claire Remy
HEAD DESIGNER WOMEN’S RTW

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