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:
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.
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.