Gallery 24 opens its latest exhibit — a series of collage works — on Friday.
Gallery 24 member Ivete Castro Martinez said collage has been disparaged as a “female craft” since the 1780s. However, it began in the 15th century, and only gained popularity during the Victorian era because of the invention of photography.
Collage and scrapbooking arose as a result. In 1872, author Mark Twain (an avid scrapbooker), patented a “self-pasting” book with pages coated in adhesive, similar to a lickable envelope closure. Still, collage has not been widely recognized as fine art.
“Although collage is still seen as a craft and not (an) art form, the line between those domains was and (is) blurry,” Martinez said. “If you go further in the history of art and creativity, you find that the collage was used by artists like (Georges) Braque, (Pablo) Picasso, (Henri) Matisse, Max Ernst, (Eduardo) Paolozzi ... etc.”
Many of those names were part of significant art movements in the 1900s.
Collage allows artists to reinterpret images by combining and modifying them, “creating a new whole,” Martinez said.
“Collage is a retold story with a new ending,” she added. “Isn’t it fun?”
The exhibit, co-sponsored by Med City Art Festival, will remain open during business hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, for four weeks. An artists' reception and networking opportunity will take place Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30.
If you go
What: Collage Art exhibition opening
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 18. Exhibition will remain open through July 16.
Where: Gallery 24, 611 N. Broadway Ave., Rochester