St Francis Elevator Ride makes beautiful collages and has a name that you’re not going to forget but I’m utterly baffled by the lack of interest in his work on the internet. He’s an unknown quantity.
The internet is a collage zone, it proliferates at a massive rate, people love collage, however the downside is that you often come across work you really admire but has no context. There is no information by the artist or about the artist. Nothing. No clue. No trail. It ends. Dead. The art sits in a virtual space without an author, a meaning, a presence beyond its visual makeup.
Which brings me to St. Francis Elevator Ride. He is a surprise. A talented artist with limited online exposure. It’s quite extraordinary that he slipped the net. Particularly considering the quality of his collages. He has a wonderful ability to build a rich visual vocabulary that brings design and art together, combines digital and analog techniques and utilises vintage and contemporary images to create vibrant pictures that are crisp, precise and intelligent. It’s artwork that deserves more attention, should be seen, promoted and bought. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
St. Francis Elevator Ride creates personal and freelance projects, as well as collaborative work in the areas of fine art, design and commercial communication. The creation of the artist’s work often oscillates between digital and analog methods, expressed through myriad mediums, including collage, print and web media. The body of his work is highly informed by simple and minimal design aesthetics, timeless vintage imagery and twentieth century romantic ideals.
His creations are often inspired by interpersonal relationships between the artist and those closest to him: he explores themes of love, sex, visceral emotions, delusion and the struggles in balancing and maintaining intimacy while leading an ardent, prolific life in one of the most competitive creative professions.