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This year,I am trying a different idea which has a three pronged approach. First, it will be fantasy based, meaning reality becomes delusional. In other words, I play many parts in this fantasy. I am the artist, the judge, the art- critqic, the announcer - host, the planner. A self - assessment will follow each series. This assessment takes the form of a phoney non- judgemental slash judgmental critique and commentary. Third prong is the development of a Tv reality series slash game show slash mock pilot competition. The idea of a (fun) challenge forms the foundation for the project. How many collages can you make from one magazine?
To find out the answer to my question: "The 2020 Magazine Remix Challenge" was formed. In addition, I decided to keep a record of the magazine used for each of the collage series. For reasons related to copyright as well as for fictional sponsorship of the online Remix games and Tv Reality 2020 REMIX Challenge. The project is open ended, meaning it is flexible with potential to evolve over time.
Self assessment in the form of commentary and critique will follow each series. Mainly to practice my critiquing = writing skills, but foremost to entertain you.
So far, my 2020 Remix Challenge record is 15 collages from the National Geographic, October 1985 issue, (this is where you would hear clapping because that equates to a potential 15,000 dollars. That's if all the collages pass the panel's scrutiny. (This is where you may start to understand 'fantasy' as a descriptor for this project) The average size of each collage is approximately 9" X 11". Each collage is pasted to a mixed medium paper with glue stick. The average number of collages per magazine is 12. The completed collage is then scanned, polished and filed under the name of each magazine. Currently there is no time limit to complete each series.
If each collage approved by the judges garners $1000, then it makes sense as a motivator to produce as many quality collages as one can per magazine. Of course, the company owning the winning magazine series of the 2020 Remix Challenge would provide the cash prize. That's if their magazine wins the most quality collages in a series. Heh that sounds complicated, but fun!
But it's not just about the numbers! More importantly, it's about ideas and the quality of design; utilizing, manipulating and playing with the art elements and the principles of design. Each collage strives for just the right combination of art elements to envision a quality of design that will catch and hold the viewer's attention.
It's not easy, but I am having a lot of fun trying!
I don't buy these magazines, but rather accept what others were going to throw away. In other words, you could say I am upcycling old magazines. The upside of upcycling is obvious, but it also means I am more likely to collect an eclectic cross section of magazines. I try to stay true to the magazine's themes and articles when ever I can. In addition, the magazine paper must be sturdy enough to withstand my vigorous cutting and pasting.
Artistically, I view each magazine as a collection of art elements waiting to be manipulated; waiting to be cut and pasted. Voila!
NOTE: The digital-online versions of these Remix collages have been slightly adjusted and enhanced, so what you see on the screen is a slightly polished version of the original.
Thank you for stopping by, but do check back soon as I will be starting a new series soon.If you have read this far, why not take a step further and sign my guest book under contacts. Feel free to share your own experiences with collage or just to say hello.