On Wednesday, I completed my five week collage class at the City Collage Fort Mason campus taught by Lorna Stevens. I can’t say I was particularly pleased with any of my completed assignments, but I feel the processes used will be of use for future efforts. And I enjoyed taking the class with fellow San Francisco Correspondence Co-op members Dorothy Yuki, Pamela Gerard, and Monica Lee. Above is my first week’s effort using the theme “Drawing with Scissors”
By the second week I felt a bit more at home with the process and the assignment of using existing images. Getting three dimensional felt much more familiar and comfortable to me.
The third week artist Kurt Stoller spoke, and we were asked to “channel” using the theme of “Considering Abstraction”. The top piece was the one I was most satisfied with since it was different from my usual pieces that tend to be a bit too literal. It got towards the approach of Kurt Schwitters of focusing on textures and shapes more than trying to have a literal narrative.
The fourth week we were assigned the task of landscapes and cityscapes. I used crow images and photos I took in my neighborhood.
The final assignment was to consider public places, and I titled mine “Kaiser Permamente’s Vision of San Francisco, imagining him not as a health network but an eccentric royal who as a rival of Emperor Norton. I hope to take future classes on the topic, including one on assemblage coming up later this spring.