Collages By Lucy Sante
For the first time, the acclaimed writer and critic will show her collage work in a special exhibition at Ruffed Grouse Gallery, as part of a group show that also features David Kener and Dave Walsh. Sante writes, “I’m primarily drawn to the first half of the twentieth century for its colors and its graphic simplicity. Some of my work is frankly pastiche; the two series on lotto cards (which belonged to my grandparents) allude respectively to Aleksandr Rodchenko’s collages and to early Dada collage as practiced by Francis Picabia and others. The majority of my collages, however, involve words and employ as few elements as possible. The use of single words is very much influenced by Ed Ruscha’s word paintings and the titles Robert Rauschenberg gave his pieces. I tend to work small, but think of even the postcard collages as posters–they shout. Making collages is for me very much like writing poetry, because it involves balancing a delicate structure of ambiguities, always just on the verge of meaning.”
The show runs June 10 to August 13 in addition to festival hours.
Lucy Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium, and is the author of seven books, her first being Low Life (FSG, 1991). Sante’s other books include Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, The Other Paris, Folk Photography, and, most recently, Maybe the People Would Be the Times. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), and an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography.