Andre Bergamin‘s collages are busy, detailed illustrations that re-appropriate iconic images that have made an indelible mark on popular cultural landscape. They are pictures that encompass the last 60 years of propaganda, advertising as well as drawings of animals you tend to find in old encyclopedia’s and flat geometric shapes and colours that he cleverly utilises to emphasis the concept within the picture.
Benjamin’s collages are similar to other artists who mine the rich vein of classic advertising but what makes him stand out is his love of narrative, of telling a story through the interesting juxtaposition of found images. Here’s what he had to say in an interview with Not Paper:
I work mainly with vintage illustrations from old magazine ads and from animal illustrated encyclopedia’s from the 80’s. I have a major interest in vintage advertising and propaganda, and the way it explores icons that have always been so deeply ingrained in the collective unconscious. The pictures found in 50’s magazine ads seem to have such a striking graphical rhetoric and thus one can not, as I believe, be affected by seeing it. The old animal encyclopedia’s for me had a great impact upon my imagination since I grew up surrounded by this stuff. These illustrations are just beautiful (most of them were done by real artists) and have a sort of fantastic attribute that always amuses me