Apr 12, 2016 >> Getting Handsy with James Ewert [VIDEO]
Our Spring Fashion Issue got some extra love with the help of collage artist James Ewert. To bring semblance to our Josephine Baker-inspired shoot, James used his craft to bring the atmosphere of a modern Bronze Venus to life. Jamesâ€™ intricate process of bibliographic foraging, dissection and sticky imposition gives us a whole new appreciation to the art of photomontage. Â
Jamesâ€™ tagline goes a little something like this: “I make collages all F-ing day.” His unfiltered and unapologetic personality directly manifests through his work. Many of his pieces bring seemingly irrelevant elements together into an entertaining juxtaposition: think grandmaâ€™s quilt turned psychedelic icon or intergalactic gemstones.
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â€œWhether it’s juxtaposing a cut-out from a porn magazine on a photo of the Lincoln Memorial, or I just spontaneously slap a single boring cutout with a beautiful, complex picture, neither of which I had a hand in actually creating,â€ explains James â€œAnd all I did was really bring the two together, I think the humor of that is the seemingly lazy oversimplification of what constitutes what a collage, or art, really is.â€
Jamesâ€™ process is analog. He most often sources images from used books and magazines then precisely extracts images with an exacto knife. Without using any digital editing, he runs images through a sticker machine to create the perfect adhesion for assembling. And whatâ€™s so cool about Jamesâ€™ pieces are you canâ€™t really tell if itâ€™s digital or handcrafted, but tangibly in person you can feel the layers of paper and begin to deconstruct how it was put together.
Explore Jamesâ€™ work on his website BuyEwert.com, and if you purchase one collage heâ€™ll throw in a free surprise collage to go with it. And see some of James’ work in action in our Starlette! feature.