Who doesn't love puppets? Whether it is in the form of ancient shadow puppetry, the collectible wooden Pelham Puppets toys, or the famous hand puppet duo, Punch & Judy, puppets have provided us with entertainment for centuries.
If you head over at the Barbican Centre right now, there is currently a puppet exhibition on, which will last until the 28th July. The Surgeon And The Photographer may sound like an odd title for such an exhibit, but it is more a description of the method used to create the puppets than anything else. Canadian artist, Geoffrey Farmer, created hundreds of puppet-like figures by cutting out images from old books and magazines. He they layered the materials over fabric figures to form a kind of collage-puppet.
Farmer's technique was inspired by Hannah Höch and Robert Rauschenberg. Höch was a 20th century Dadaist, whose photomontages focussed on satirising the beauty industry. Rauschenberg, on the other hand, was a graphic artist, who began working in pop art before the movement event began. The concept of recycling material to create new work is quite popular today, and puppet-making is an ideal medium to use 2nd materials in.