The term collage comes from the French word coller meaning 'to glue'. It is a form of art which is assembled out of collected materials and layered on a canvas to create a new piece of work. Collages are often associated with creating a memory usually by collecting family snapshots of a holiday, and displaying them so you can remember the trip in years to come. They are also a creative outlet for messy school children having fun in an art lesson.
Collages can, however, be very professional pieces of artwork too., and that's what The Photographers' Gallery had in mind when they decided to put on Perspectives on Collage. The exhibit, which lasts until the 7th April, showcases eight different approaches to collage. The process of collecting miscellaneous materials and putting them together, lends itself to the world of interpretation, and allows artists to express different concepts or critiques on political and cultural issues.
Artists include photographer Jan Svoboda, whose Fragment of a Table (1973) is made up from remnants of torn up photos.
Peggy Franck assembles three-dimensional collages, and then photographs and presents it in 2D form.
Nicole Wermers' borrows material from a variety of magazines to create abstract, but comical collages.
One of the most interesting is Batia Suter'sWave (2012), which is a sculpture of overlapping books featuring photos of waves. Other artists whose work is on display are Anna Parkina , C.K. Rajan, Roy Arden, and Clunie Reid.