Happy Everything

December 25, 2020

dazzling postcards

October 17, 2020

In case you missed this article on the work of Vik Muniz by Tariro Mzezewa in The New York Times, have a look (the bigger the screen the better). It’s a treat for the eyes and an inspiration to postcarders and collage artists.

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merry & happy

December 25, 2019

Have a very fine Christmas,
whatever, wherever, however you celebrate
and even if you don’t.

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J.I. Kleinberg collage

play day

September 2, 2019

Got time on your hands? What? It’s a holiday? Watch out, because here comes Make Your Own Brainard.

Joe Brainard was a writer and artist.

Partly because he was initially short on money for art supplies, he made collages and assemblages, forms that prize detritus, found (sometimes shared) treasures, snippets of paper, and, in the bringing together of unlike things that are deeply liked, the act of choice. ‘I like to start from nothing and just surprise myself’ (Joe, 57), he said, gathering material from the city streets, friends’ apartments, and the junk shop where he worked and was paid in stock, before making an ‘attempt to let my head be free and see where it would take me’.

Brainard’s friend, poet John Ashbery, called the artist’s work “nutty poetry.”

After Brainard’s death, “snippets” of collage material were found and later digitized and integrated into an online, interactive collage-making site, Make Your Own Brainard. You can select from the artist’s images, add your own, and create collages to save.

It’s really fun. Try it. Play.

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MYOB collage by J.I. Kleinberg

If your travel plans include Scotland between now and October 27, 2019, you might want to add the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art to your itinerary, where you will find Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage on exhibit.

“Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.”

Watch a video overview of the history of collage and read more in The Spectator: The women who invented collage – long before Picasso and co. Then go.

new light

December 21, 2018

new light for the solstice © j.i. kleinberg 2018

say something

December 23, 2017

ornament 2017 © j.i. kleinberg
ornament 2017 © j.i. kleinberg

one more for haiku

February 25, 2016

Halebsky - Tree LineWith just a few days left in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), there is still room for inspiration. To that end, poet Judy Halebsky, author of Tree Line and Sky=Empty, will present “From Haiku to Collage, a Body-Based Poetics” at Hugo House in Seattle on Sunday, February 28, 2016. See the full description on the Hugo House Events page.

P.S. Though Hugo House is slated to move to temporary digs adjacent to the Frye Museum while a new Hugo House is constructed, that move won’t happen for a few months yet and readings and events continue to be held at the 11th Avenue location on Capitol Hill.

NYPL images

If you find that your imagination is enlivened by the visual, here’s some good news: the New York Public Library Digital Collections has released more than 180,000 high-resolution, downloadable, out-of-copyright images.

“No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!”

NYPL is also now accepting applications for a new Remix Residency program and has released a number of demonstration projects as well as a wonderful visual browsing tool.

Read about the NYPL enhanced Public Domain Collections and follow the embedded links for much more information.

Season’s Greenings!

December 22, 2013

green wreath © j.i. kleinberg 2013

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