Evolution of Layers

Ray Lux
Oct 2, 2014 1:50AM

This exhibition features collage as a medium of combination. With respect to Robert Rauschenberg, this selection of artwork shows the evolution of collage, the building of layers upon layers of media, image, history, and material. Rauschenberg was ahead of his time in terms of conceptual thinking and profound creativity, the notion of our time as one of layers and fragments. This selection of artwork by several artists is about building something piece by piece from start to finish. From the pioneering Rauschenberg to the contemporary practice of Dustin Yellin, collage and layering may have reached an apex. 

#1. White Painting [three panel], 1951 (Rauschenberg)

The most basic assembly of parts. A blank white page separated into three parts. This work is as if Rauschenberg showed us the building blocks of simplicity. Even a blank page can be whole when they band together.

#2. Improved Pointless Black, 2014 (Jan Maarten Voskuil)

A modern example of the simplistic building blocks of a dynamic form. A black circle with a white background, when given dimension, displays the possibility of simple change.

#3. Primary Illusion (Urban Bourbon Series), 1989 (Rauschenberg)

Rauschenberg uses primary colors in layers. This may be the seed of the multi-media concept.

#4. Signs, 1970 (Rauschenberg)

Collage cannot be considered without the addition and juxtaposition of photography and cut outs.

#5. Arcanum VIII, 1981 (Rauschenberg)

Rauschenberg combines photography and paint. The conceptual premise is taking shape.

#6. Soviet/American Array III, 1990 (Rauschenberg)

Rauschenberg combines photography and color in a single composition.

#7. Caryatid Cavalcade I / ROCI CHILE, 1985 (Rauschenberg)

A clearly defined example of multi-media collage.

#8. Love Is A Dog From Hell, 2014 (Barry Reigate)

Barry Reigate displays a symmetrical collage involving form, paint, photography, and style. 

#9. Eco-Echo I, 1992–93 (Rauschenberg)

A new idea involving collage, a rotating wind mill of image and color.

#10. Voyage (Reef), 1995 (Rauschenberg)

A three dimensional display of layering. Fifteen years before contemporary artists were able to grasp the concept. 

#11. The March Toward Extinction, 2013 (Dustin Yellin)

Dustin Yellin builds two dimensional images displayed in thick layers of glass. Three dimensionality is built with flatness. This symbolizes the beginning of 2D collage in 3D space.

#12. Figure 22, 2013 (Dustin Yellin)

This artwork almost defines the artist in his shell moments before he bursts. Beautiful cognition of the human condition.

#13. Figure 30, 2013 (Dustin Yellin)

The mind is blown. The human figure is shown broken. Stylistic effects are added to the basic form. Realism quickly turns surreal. Progression continues.

#14. The Tryptych, 2013 (Dustin Yellin)

A magnificent mind scape of metaphor and living form. This is a glimpse into a new universe of fantasy and reality. Modern art in its truest form. Note the basic form of three rectangles as reflected by Rauschenberg's Three Panel white painting. Art is not dead.

Ray Lux