This website is a gallery for contemporary social commentary in collage format.
The time span of the collages ranges from the 1970s to the present and the location of their inception from Hawaii to the European continent. The approach is intended to be socially critical with a stance best characterized as loyal opposition. For those of us who passionately deem it to be of paramount importance that our Enlightenment tradition is preserved in the face of trials and tribulations, this is a form of self-therapy. An effort is made to refrain from slanting the endeavor too far towards the progressive or the establishmentarian vantage point. The freeze-frame on the zeitgeist is constantly shadowed by mindful grappling with the daily flow of images that bombards our consciousness. Selective perception is a natural process, one in which each of us identifies certain images that we see as pieces of a picture that befits the time –something like sifting through mining rock to discover that bit of gold, that fragment that matches one’s desire to find a gestalt that makes verbal conversation less important.
as a standard
A value-free stance is an impossible position to defend and no attempt here is made to hide my passionate desire to contribute, in whatever way I can, to preserve the gains made in the Enlightenment tradition. Whether in the United States of America or the Federal Republic of Germany, we will be judged by how we fare in this endeavor. The seemingly insurmountable difficulties we confront today are but one aspect of the tasks that lie ahead. Keeping the faith is paramount, as is passing it on by showing just how far we've come and where we have been. In that spirit, I hope that these collages serve to entertain and stimulate thought about our common heritage.
& Paste as a revolutionary therapy
If one has such a predisposition as described above, then the freedom for self- expression is practically infinite and the necessary tools are everywhere to be found. The electronic and print media are rich in quality raw materials, while scissors, tape, glue and cardboard backdrops can be found almost anywhere. The therapeutic dimension is one's own domain in which each collage creator can cherish something that is a value unto itself.