I like collecting notebooks. Like a lot. Field Notes. Baron Fig. Leuchtturm 1917. Moleskines. Lots. What better use than to fill a paper thing with more paper?
The first collage tennis series started after I got back into collage art inspired by Rob's postcards and my unrelenting anger at the news. I needed an outlet and took to paper cutting rather than (more) drinking. Eventually, I thought it may be fun to build a narrative with Rob who also liked to play with paper.
1. The collage must be a response to the previous collage.
2. Write your thought process in the companion notebook.
3. Pass it on and continue.
In true Rob fashion, he put together a bad pun for the inner cover of our first collaboration. I would have left it stay sad and unused. Rob is a better personal than I.
Rob - March 12th, 2017
This is my first collage tennis entry.
You can see I am not even sure how to format my thoughts. I think even if this pen bleeds thru, leaving every other line will permit other artists to write.
Will suggested this experiment to me; my first piece was made with his work in mind. My own works trend toward a vague narrative, but his recent works have been overtly political; that is the theme or element that I focused my first spread on. I feel that my inclusion of Trump, the word "threat," and the suggestion of politicians as dumb, or, at best, clowns leaves plenty of room for follow up without necessitating a theme of Trump is evil.
Completely unrelated words over a face or faces could still be recognizable responses to my work. I am interested to see how abstract our relations go.
Will - March 14th, 2017
I'd like to think this is "subtle" because of the title but... not really.
When I see clowns, I think juvenile, I think lame, I think toilet humor. So... we get Trump farting a hole in the ground while not paying attention.
Given the talk of this week's executive order for the cabinet to start cutting agencies, this is probably what Trump's inevitable legacy will be: the Earth as a barren hole.
Rob - March 17th, 2017
My juvenile humor tends to be more bawdy. he text bar is from a Starbucks Rewards pamphlet I saw the word "nibble" and I knew I would have a use for it. Justin Trudeau hugging attendees at a gay pride festival the backdrop I needed to make the Queen uncomfortable.
A message about the path to gold felt like an interesting element between two political leaders while still being goofy. I almost stopped there, but I wanted to push myself. Justin Trudeau is much loved right now, but it feels very recent; I like implying he is a crazy idea that might save us finally, my crown stamp. Is he trying to hug the crown, gold, or the queen? Does the symbol of her station float above her always? Do I just have a design element I like?
Will - March 19th, 2017
This took a decidedly surreal/Dada turn and I am just fine with that.
I responded most to the "10 ideas" text and took the sip/nibble text as idea #1. Idea #2: snack like mad. This may be counter to the nibble idea but doing anything harder obviously makes it better.
Also, the queen appears and the gold theme carries through with the eggs.
Carley - March 25th, 2017
(Rob and I thought it would be fun to send a volley to our partners)
This came from not really knowing what to do. I had a bunch of images I liked and no way to link them together. Then I saw the photo of Bernie with his fist in the air and I remembered the mourning men doing the same, so I went with it. Yes, that is a Hamilton reference tucked in on the side. I am claiming a connection because good old Hamilton fought British oppression and I am going with that.
The other side mainly came together because either politicians really love making constipated faces or the media said "fuck it" somewhere along the way and used the most unflattering pictures available.
Alyska -April 3rd, 2017
This piece came together afer discussing collage story arcs with Will. Do I continue in the same vein, or go non-sequitir?
How do I relate to the juxtaposition of mastication and making hard choices?
A mailer for our spring election arrived in the mail and I went with a play on eating our young. The social issues facing our country, bigotry & education among them, are complicated especially given our current political climate.
While looking for birds, I found the illustration of a bear, and pivoted to our current inability to pass sensible gun control laws even after tragedies like Newtown. Because bears.
The second text bit fits this new tangent and I finished it off with a nob to 1984 and some red ink.
Will - May 6th, 2017
Following the school thread from Alyska, I opted to stay positive. Everyone needs to fight, from the kids on up.
That's really it. We need to be superheroes right now.
Rob - May 10th, 2017
This got away from me. I have the supplies to easily follow up with a superhero theme, but not schools. I had hoped to continue the comic book imagery with school text. but ended up with a pile of education text with vague suggestions of racism resulting in the death of Trump. Hopefully, we're able to wander back into some whimsy. Where my presidential farts at?
And I just noted I skipped a page in the collage. That'll weird up the narrative.
Will - May 16th, 2017
I will amit that this was a little self-serving, I wanted to reel back the political undertones without ditching the whole image. I also may be responding to Rob's write-up regarding the theme.
So. Protect the children? Protect the politicians? Someone has to do it but we can't tell who it is in this volley. Maybe in the next?
Rob - May 29th, 2017
Okay, much jumping around
- superhero imagery
- image of child(ren)
- text about identity
And that's pretty much illuminating my thought process. What would it take to protect everyone? Either Superman or a massive change in empathy. Protecting public schools too.
We can fight over differences or file children collectively under "beings that need education and healthcare." Support the tiny people. Feed them and each them; don't give them guns or feed them to bears.
Be the population Superman and Mr. Rogers knew we could be.
Will - June 4th, 2017
Keeping the superhero theme a little and adding some genomic flair. Because: Science! will save everything. And the kids. Kids will save us so I included the future leaders text.
I'm hoping to allow for multiple possible responses partially because the thread has become a touch loopy.
Rob - June 11th, 2017
Jinhao! (He switched pens for this process writeup)
I was really pleased with this one until reassessing the tenuousness of the link from my work to Will's. The thought process was thus:
1.) Review The Future Is Now
2.) Take "the future" and "genomics" as elements
3.) Decide genetics ~ genomics
4.) OMG Jurassic Park but with Deep Ones
5.) Out of Chaos, Came Purpose has that well-intentioned sci-fi extremist sound, amiright?
6.) This bee logo is a little bit Umbrella Corporation
7.) Hmmm... visions of generically enhanced race of future fish people might be a leap from Next Generation Leaders thriving.
8.) Hunt unsuccessfully for the words "leaders" and "thrive.":
Will - June 16th, 2017
I really hd little idea how to respond to this since I didn't really see the thread.
So... I picked a word - Trumpcare - to jump off of. I went looking for medical imagery but only found the text that I liked the best. Then I just needed some Trump which seems to be abundent these days.
Rob - June 18th, 2017
I looked thru our progress, and Trump is our most used element, so that's a good anchor for me. For the first time, I used composition as an element. I think the repetition of the red rectangle is not overtly overt. The Trumpcare connection is tenuous with the mention of the pills, but with a farting call-back. Napoleon kept the theme of leaders going, or referenced it rather.
I didn't have a good reference to schools, but I opened up jobs. Plus, tacos!
Will - July 13th, 2017
Clearly the most important element to continue is tacos....
And Trump thinks tacos=Mexico. But the divide, really the nation, Russia and America, and what to do with them is what I thought of when making this one.
Also, I think it useful to note I almost went literal and made the background a wall. But that was boring.
Rob - July 24th, 2017
I tried to explore the divide with both the compositional divide and the divide of President vs the People. I was not able to repeat the taco, but "the diet" alludes to it, I feel. Putin shares Trump's view above the people.
America feels like a weird parody right now.
Will - July 30th, 2017
I've had the most juvenile images, I think. But when I read "secrets" I remembered the Russian hotel tape that never surfaced re: Trump having a thing for Russian sex workers peeing on the bed and... other things? Luckily I had a Russian ballerina in my "people" folder plus this non-specific water falling on Trump image.
(I am a child)
Rob - August 14th, 2017
I don't have a good response to the specificity of Russian golden showers, but this vintage ad screamed at me to continue the general theme of Trump ridicule. The rest of the text just adds a general ominousness befitting "dark secrets" and a crazy Korea goading motherfucker.
A racist global threat clown.
An angry cheeto.
Will - August 23rd, 2017
Butt = moon = eclipse. I tried to keep the juvenile humor but failed. I've had that Obama face staring from my magazine pile for months and I wanted to dose of good politics for a change.
Sigh. The good ol' days. Add the eclipse hype and you get a political/solar allusion.
Rob - September 24th, 2017
Playing with the eclipse, I went from hoping/dreaming of Obama eclipsing Trump to thinking reality is Trump trying to eclipse Obama. Trump is trying to hide or undo all progress of his opposition.
I placed first a map of the DC area, and then layered on women of dissenting views from Trump, then Trump pouting, and finally a plea to end obfuscation. Stop lying and start supporting those in need. Don't block the view of minorities and women. Seems reasonable as a represntative of the people.
Will - September 30th, 2017
The future is women. A played off the minority imagery and opted to end on a positive message of a a future of political women. While the orange looks a little like fire, it's actually a nebula. But women could go ahead and burn everything to the ground if they want. They've earned it.