International Weird Collage Show Opens in London
This February, The International Weird Collage Show is celebrating their 14th edition by presenting an exhibition in London for the first time. Presented by The Weird Show (TWS), this exhibition focuses on contemporary collage art. Since it was established in 2010 by Max-o-matic and Rubén B, successful shows have been presented in Barcelona, Berlin, Rotterdam, New York, Montreal, Lima, and San José de Costa Rica to name a few.
According to The Weird Show’s website, the mission of TWS is “a way of expressing ideas, feelings, and stories;” they seek to expand the boundaries, not looking for “stale perfection” but rather freshness, inspiration, and reinvention.
A featured artist this year is Sergei Sviatchenko, born in Ukraine and now working in Denmark. An artist of many disciplines, he works with photography and fashion in addition to collages. In 2002, he founded Senko Studio in Denmark, a nonprofit space to curate shows by emerging artists.
In 2009, he founded the fashion-photography project Close Up and Private, which aims to capture fashion through the eyes of the individual. The magazines and issues produced through this project offer an artistic, contemporary look at fabrics and colors. His exhibition in TWS is titled “Pleasure, struggle, art.”
A special guest in the London lineup is Maxwell Sterling, the only artist presenting a music mix instead of visual art. He works with digital sounds of instruments in addition to sounds he records from his surroundings. By combining traditional and unusual sounds and using them in new contexts, he creates a sort of sound collage. His mix is available to listen to here.
Of the 25 artists being presented this week, a few others include Ashkan Honorvar from Iran and Norway, André Bergamin from Brazil, and others from the USA, the UK, Germany, Spain, Canada, Peru, and Italy. The show will be curated by Max-o-matic and James Springall.