One of the first pieces to come into the Project was this one by Michael Tunk, a prolific collage artist out of Alameda, California. Entitled "The Narcissist," this is one big piece both in physical size and in impact. It's also a literal piece, a work of solidarity reflecting what I had written about the Project at its inception. (If you're playing catch-up, have no fear: Links to everything appear at the bottom.) I had seen "The Narcissist" online in the various Project collage groups, of course, but it wasn't until a few weeks ago that it made its way home to me here in New York, with a casual suggestion from Michael that I might want to put on my collaborator's hat and add some of the original 1960s target fragments to the image. "Of course," I said.
|"The Narcissist," by Michael Tunk, one of the first collages to come into The Target Practice Project in 2013|
Like I said, a lot can change in a year. One year and a few months after the death of my father, after bailing out a lot of my personal crater's dark muck one wee coffee can at a time, I realized that, miraculously, I had found a little more than a modicum of peace. I had, again miraculously, recaptured my humor. Since Michael had included guns, I made a pun on the word "range" by including an appliance ad from an old edition of House Beautiful. Narcissists do so love gain without pain, so what better tribute than to give my own narcissist a shot of "glamour" but "without the expense"? I added the original 1960s target fragments that Michael had envisioned, abrading one into almost-transparency to suggest a letting-go. And then, atop that abraded, letting-go target, I put in a little red chair.
That little red chair's for me. Notice how I'm not sitting there anymore.
|"The NEW Narcissist," a rogue collaboration by Michael Tunk and Laura Tringali Holmes, 2014|
Links for the link-inclined, as promised:
The Target Practice Project blog, where you can read all about the Project, join the Project, ask for a couple of targets to collage, print out your own targets, and see some marvelous target collage work presented cohesively.
The Target Practice Project Tumblr, where you can scroll through screen after screen of glorious collages using the core target image. I don't call it "One target, hundreds of ways" for nothing. It's a great way to follow the over-300 artists who have contributed and continue to contribute to the project:
The collage work of Michael Tunk: