Collages fascinate. Just what is meant, and where did those material come from?
If you are into collages, Kurt Schwitters is a good place to start. Found objects, references to current events, lovely old typography, mass media images, and photographs abound; debris is equal, if not more, than paint. His work with collages started in 1918-1919, and from then, Schwitters called his work “Merz”. Merz is a fragment of the word, Kommerz (German for commerce), that Schwitters made by cutting a scrap from a newspaper.
The man is a prolific artist, and his work spans different media. But at this moment, we adore the collages very much.
Images are from artchive.com.
PS. Schwitters in Britain is now on at Tate Britain.