scrapbooks and collecting images

There’s a small but interesting exhibition on at the moment at London’s ICA called “Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks” which got me thinking about the various ways in which I collect images, potentially for inspiration but sometimes just to ponder and absorb or surround myself with. Here’s an example from the exhibition which includes work by artists¬†Brigid Berlin, William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Jimmy De Sana, John Evans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Isa Genzken, Al Hansen, Richard Hawkins, Geoffrey Hendricks, Ray Johnson & Brian Buczak, Leigh Ledare, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Karin Schneider & Louise Ward and Jean-Michel Wicker:

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Last summer I was invited to participate by Banlieue Network as a visiting artist in the Parisian suburbs and worked with children to create collages and self-portraits. (See my earlier post on the current exhibition at Oxford Brookes and book launch) ¬†Here’s an example below of one boy’s selection of a pool of images.

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Below are some variations on a scrapbook theme – where I’ve gathered images and placed them on the fridge, cd case, and kitchen notice board.

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