In the digital age, the original meaning of cut and paste has been replaced with a few clicks of a mouse. This has led to a lot of derivative and unimaginative computer produced work. In response to this, artists have returned to using more traditional methods of making images. There has been a resurgence of drawing and illustration and collage has recently been rediscovered.
Collage is the natural progression of illustration, as it combines drawing with the other mediums. It is the fusing of methods that makes for a new language. Increasingly, collage is being used in ads, magazine editorials, fashion spreads, street art, album covers, animation, and websites. The surreal juxtaposition of images provokes thought, humour and understanding, two-dimensional images become three.
Cut & Paste brings together over 250 images from more than 40 contemporary collage artists, including Serge Bloch, Borsodi Bela, Sara Fanelli, Julian House, Christoph Niemann, John Stezaker, and Sergei Sviatchenko.