George Rahme‘s collages are incredibly complex, bursting with images, all fighting for space, all looking to create narratives, a story that we can understand. For the last number of years Rahme has been scouring his native Detroit collecting old posters, reproductions of old paintings, magazine images and whatever catches his fancy and working them into a new compositions that he then tears away, cuts apart, paints on top of until new stories come to light.
Take ‘Cloud Ceiling’ (at the top of the page) for instance; a mad mash up of Jesus at prayer, women playing classical musical instruments and animals from Edward Hicks’s famed Peaceable Kingdom with pigment poured and pushed around the canvas to highlight certain elements. Or ‘Pink of Condition’ (underneath it) which combines elements from more than a dozen reproductions including ships, pastoral scenes, Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny and a articulated truck.
Rahme is an interesting artist – who also happens to be a well known musician and DJ – who seems to delights in his process, a style that can be best described as a DIY, art history meets goodwill aesthetic.
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