The Beautiful Chaos Of Collage Art

You can endlessly talk about collage. The approaches to its creation and techniques are very diverse. The features of modern collage are ephemeral.  It is not difficult to define collage: a technique for creating paintings or graphic works by gluing objects and materials that differ from the base. But to trace the history of development is more difficult. After the appearance of paper in China (2nd century BC), some craftsmen glued small fragments together. During the late Middle Ages, some examples of the Bible were decorated with overlaid gold plates and stones. Collage, as an activity that involves putting objects and pieces of paper on top of each other and gluing them together on a solid base, has its roots in antiquity. But collage in its modern sense, as an object of high art, arose in the 20th century during the experiments of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and since then has not lost its relevance, staying an image of avant-garde art.

Despite the fact that it is technically a collage too, some art historians argue that the first collage did not appear until the 20th century. It was created by Georges Braque. Working in the most innovative styles of the time: Fauvism and Cubism, Braque sought new means of expression. In 1912, he began to include in his paintings fragments of cardboard, paper painted with texture paint, pieces of wallpaper, newspapers, packs of cigarettes, and other materials with character.

Conceptual art. Simply combining two shots produces a greater effect than either one would do individually. Leaving only two objects in the space of the painting, the artist makes them interact, complementing, and revealing each other. Everyday portrait and landscape give each other the scale of nature and the individuality of man.

Decorative style. The plots of compositions of this style are a dream. The main thing is the original idea. And they embody it with the help of bright, expressive elements and colorful background. The viewer, looking at such a collage, tries to guess the mood of the author, his intention. Work in a brightening style ought to summon sentiments, recollections, affiliations. Works of this kind require new interesting ideas from the author, beautiful combinations of colors that delight the eye, and, of course, impeccable performance technique.

Máximo Tuja, also know as Max-o-matic says his personality is restless, curious, and never afraid of mistakes. The main focus of his work as Max-o-matic is arranging pieces of paper into collages, sometimes the finished work would serve intricate details, sometimes it’s a blast of color and chaotic patterns. Buenos Aires native, Tuja lives in Barcelona since 2002 and has successfully spread his works further than those two cities. He’s been showcased in many major cities and collaborated with such huge brands like Nike and Universal Pictures.

“Any artist’s task is to organize chaos. Especially of a collage artist. We pick some random details out of myriads of options and make them work together. Make them speak for us. We take what’s already here and use it for something new” Máximo Tuja

Tuja also directs The Weird Show, a showcase of contemporary collage art in any matter possible: web, printed, and exhibitions.

The creation of collages makes it possible to look at the world around us through the eyes of a creator, not a consumer, not only will it have a beneficial outcome on the advancement of tasteful sentiments, renew the aptitudes and capacities fundamental for youngsters, however, will positively grow fine engine abilities of the hand, consideration, scholarly and innovative action. Bright and interesting works can be obtained by beginning collage artists because creativity gives incomparable joy.

Anastasia Fetter

Anastasia Fetter