Anthony Gerace’s collages are, astonishingly, created from a single page of a magazine, every image a deconstruction of a model, an advertisement, a product, all remade into a beautiful chromatic artwork. It’s an interesting challenge for an artist, a restricted limitation; how do I create a piece of work that looks at new aspects of a bland, everyday advertisement? How do I change the perception of the viewer without changing the quality of the material? How do I make it my own, re – appropriate it effectively?
Well by tearing, cutting and pasting Gerace does exactly that. He adds a depth, makes us look at the textural quality of the paper, the tonal differentials of the image rather than the image itself. Here’s what he says about the work specifically and his collage work in general:
One of the things I wanted to do was show that each [piece] is unique not only in composition but also in tonality, and that to use the same source would still result in something different. I found two copies of the same magazine and made two collages, which manage to be quite different from one another while still being the same.
Collage takes up a large part of my design process, both in terms of thinking things through as well as creating original works. These works go on to become posters, parts of books, or works on their own.