September 4th – 29th. Closing reception: September 29th, 6:00 pm.
Patchwork is an exhibition in celebration of the abstract nature of collage as an artistic medium. Patchwork is a collaborative exhibition highlighting contemporary collage artwork. The exhibit will grow and develop with new layers throughout the month of September.
Techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC. The use of collage, however, wasn’t used by many people until the 10th century in Japan, when calligraphers began to apply glued paper, using texts on surfaces, when writing their poems.The technique of collage appeared in medieval Europe during the 13th century. Gold leaf panels started to be applied in Gothic cathedrals around the 15th and 16th centuries. Gemstones and other precious metals were applied to religious images, icons, as well as coats of arms. Despite the deep history of collage, the technique wasn’t used for artistic purpose until the 20th century. The Tate Gallery’s online art glossary states that collage “was first used as an artists’ technique in the twentieth century”. Artists like Picasso and Matisse used collage in an abstract fashion and helped morph the perception of collage as an artistic medium of expression.