Constructivist Bull Suprematism

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Collage from circle die-cuts and scissors of bulls fighting in a corral; derived from a 1998 photo taken while on the Montana Angus Tour representing my father’s purebred outfit, Alpine Meadows Angus. The color transfer is a bit dull, and the focus soft- the weirding of digital images across platforms.

The sunroom is now cool enough during the day to allow painting to begin, so I thought I’d procrastinate on painting by finish out this collage. E was the engine behind getting this one started; she has wanted me to paint this image for years, as it has been up on my art’n wall forever. She suggested we collage it and pushed past my art-entropy malaise. We ducked out into the studio on weekends during the worst July heat, then brought it down to the basement to round out the Olympics. Collage is a great team art project where she sorts out all the color options then uses the die-cuts to amass shapes from the colors we select. We also tag-team on gluing; once I know where a piece will go, she paints the glue on the back of the piece and I lay it in. This keeps the meticulous pace moving at a rate that is actually bearable. Usually we work Non-Referentially, or what is commonly mislabeled as Abstraction. This image IS an Abstraction, where I drew out the image and laid in the shapes that referred to actual forms; a pair of bulls fighting I photographed 18 years ago. It is the first time we have gone Abstract with our collage efforts.

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2 comments
  1. n8girard said:

    I love how it turned out! Collage is kinda like putting together puzzles except that you’re making the pieces one at a time and gluing them down instead of clicking them together. So cool that you both worked on it together!

  2. The puzzle-fun of it blends out the art-dread. I am heading into a big panoramic landscape painting now that is made of art-dread, which is like the puzzle-fun of collage, without the fun; Dreadnaught-fun. and singular effort. 4 feet long, which is the same as most of my other paintings, but only a foot high and packed with so much shifting light. It may win. I think my last painting was a tie; definitely not a win.

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