color woodcut and monotype collage
42 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches
Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Watercolor and collage on board
A major influence on art in the late 20th century, artist Romare Bearden is most famously known for his collages depicting experiences of African Americans throughout his life. In Evening Lamp (1986), he uses painting and collage to create a portrait of a woman. Bearden’s mastery of multiple skills was an inspiration for Marcus Jansen abstract expressionism, who like Bearden uses collage to connect art and social realities.
Collodion transfer and wax on canvas
Marcus Jansen was fourteen years old when he first saw an exhibition catalogue of Robert Rauschenberg’s work. Rauschenberg often incorporated found objects and collage techniques in his compositions, which developed into his signature style. This approach, Jansen has said, inspired him to continue on his path of becoming an artist. Rauschenberg said, “Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. (I try to act in that gap between the two.)” This belief allowed Rauschenberg to create works that move between art and life and are in constant dialogue with the surrounding world. Jansen’s use of found objects and collage techniques to create dialogue about the world is a direct influence of Rauschenberg’s approach to art making.
American, born 1982
"21-plate variable edition lithograph mounted on Komatex, with collage, photographs, painted map tacks, and gold pins. Asad Faulwell's art references the complexity of world politics and recognizes that nothing is easy. Djamila is a portrait of Djamila Bouhired, an Algerian woman who fought to liberate Algeria from France in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962). In Paris, Djamila was tried and convicted as a terrorist but then later pardoned. Today she is a women's rights advocate. Here, Faulwell depicted Djamila as a warrior-hero, using gray tones for her face that evoke stone sculptures of war heroes. Background patterns allude to Islamic religious works, further elevating her status."