Nonetheless, here I am today, 24 hours after posting this message on my Facebook wall: "Seriously, Allan Bealy? You want me to WORK on these? All I want to do is FRAME them."
Cut to the "these" to which I refer:
|Two "starts" by Allan Bealy on flattened packaging materials, featuring gel transfers. Don't know about gel transfers? I did a tutorial back in 2012 (so some thing are outdated), which you can find here: http://lauratringaliholmes.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-gel-transfer.html|
|A detail of Allan Bealy's so-called starts.|
So now I've found out something more about myself. I am NOT immune to paralysis.
I should explain that I have collaborated with Allan before, both in the physical and the conceptual realms. In the former, most recently on an absolutely charming book featuring a number of collaborative takes on Allan's olive warbler.
|A delicious book, you can purchase it at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/808719|
|"Exploding the alphabet" is no joke. Allan randomly assigned a letter to a variety of artists and asked them to interpret that letter in collage. The results are unexpected and compelling--the framework of the alphabet adds discipline, all the more luscious when the discipline goes free-form. You may purchase this delightful book at http://www.magcloud.com/|
And here is my contribution to Allan's Alphabet, so you know I'm not afraid of birds, gel transfers, or Allan.
|"Homecoming," 8 x 8 on wrapped canvas, Laura Tringali Holmes 2015|
Paper collage with décollage and mixed media (gel ink transfers, dye ink, pencil, mica flakes)
But I'm already looking at this from a painterly viewpoint, so I guess we'll see how that intersects with collage. Stay tuned. For better or for worse, all will be revealed.
I mentioned earlier the book of collage collaborations I edited for Zach Collins. We've been calling it The Big Book, but it does have a name: "We Said Hello and Shook Hands." If you are even remotely interested in the collaborative effect, this will be a seminal volume for your library. If you don't think you're particularly interested in collaborations, I would still suggest you give this volume a spin anyway, because, embedded in the collaborative theme, are many strata of meaning that just about any artist will relate to. I'll be blogging about the book in depth soon, but for now, a few teasers.
|The cover, a collaboration between Zach Collins and Fred Free. You may purchase the book through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/We-Said-Hello-Shook-Hands/dp/0692382828/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426632976&sr=1-1&keywords=we+said+hello+and+shook+hands|
|Collaborations between Zach Collins and Ted Tollefson|
|Collaborations between Zach Collins and Mister Koppa|
|Collaborations between Zach Collins and Aaron Beebe|
|Collaborations between Zach Collins, Eugenia Loli, and Allan Bealy|