Anna Bu Kliewer and Flynn Cameron Jones

Contextual study point 7

Anna Bu Kliewer

Ukranian-German artist, now based in London. I think that Anna Kliewer’s work reminds me a lot of Dali. It is very surreal and I personally find most of them visually overwhelming. It has a lot weight and information. I see Anna Kiewer, and other artists from Brooklyn Collage collective as very young artists with a very different visual taste than the other artists I have been searching for this module like Cy Twombly and Toby Paterson. I think their generation  does make difference in the way they see art and how they want to send a message. I like that fact that she still does it in analog way. Having a teenager daughter and crashing opinions and worlds, I can see how Anna Kiewer’s work come to life. She is 31 years old, not a teenager,  but a very young artist in a very different world I grow up from. Her hobbies, friends and the present time influences her work and it has a lot to do with how women are seeing today, places and our society . It is helpful to understand how the process, sources and her social cultural interests influences her art. There is no doubt her work is very imaginative, fun and elaborated. I think Anna Kiewer’s work is a good source of information about where collage stands today. It is an art medium coming back in a more modern, free and refreshing way for collage . There are no rules, right or wrong. Artists use their own methods and explain what and why are they doing it, their intentions and the public decide if it suit their taste or not. They do it for different reasons and it seems to be expressing a form of art freely in a more non judgmental art world.

Anna Blu Kiewer – untittled

The collage above is very intriguing.. What is the figures on her face? They look like vaginas to me. Is it a protest of women these days been seen as sexual object? I couldn’t find a tittle for this work of Anna Kiewer.

Anna Bu Kiewer – untittled

I cannot find titles for most of Anna Bu Kiewer’s work and the collage above has also caught my attention for its simplicity. I can only think that is it is about stress, too much going on on his head and he is about to explode? Or about the lack of clear vision we have about the world or the lack of seeing people clearly through the whole explosion that is going on in our own heads. I might be wrong and she could have just done a visual work in a spontaneous way without the intention of sending  any message  but the beauty of it is that the viewers can interpreted as they feel like it.

Flynn Cameron Jones

Not much I could find about Cameron Jones as his website is just blank… Looking at his work, some of them reminded me of Jessie Laura’s work, an artist part of the core crew of Brooklyn Collage Collective, which is cutting strips of images to overlap the collage. Both Flynn and Anna Bu are very modern, contemporary and have a young translation or art and collage  these days. They are an innovation for this medium. It is not something that I could say I completely understand and like  but it is interesting to see and find out how they get to work with collage, why and the outcome of it. I think it would make more sense to me if they were to include some words or titles. It would make easier for someone like me that has no experience in doing or understanding collage to became more interested in their work. Saying that I think that Lappin Morgan, who doesn’t use any words, is one of my favourite of the young collage artist as well as Lizzie Gill. Lappin is because of the humour that I like in some of his works and Lizzie for the technique she use with hole punchers.



Toby Paterson and Cy Twombly

Contextual study point 6

Toby Paterson,-toby

Toby Paterson is a  Scotish artist who lives and works in Glasgow. His  art is something very hard for me to  understand.  It might be  because  where I am in art at the moment . I feel like a very beginner, learning small steps at time from all my researches till now. I am interested in  sculpulture and  other kinds of 3D artwork. His works  loos very architectural, clean, technical and in some works, minimalist to me. His shapes, sculptures and installations has the strong concept of post war modernism and abstracts. His work is very urban and according to the brief biography on the first website above, it is inspired on his skateboarding journeys around the city and buildings.


I think the video above was a bit more clarifying for me to learn how is the process that Toby Paterson goes through creating his work. What I understand now is that he makes long studies of the objects, forms and the effect on the space. For installations for instance he constructs environments and the audience can experience the view of existing in there. He is a very observant artist who admired his surroundings as a child which was mainly Victorian buildings. After they got demolished he came to turn his attention to modernist architecture. Toby not only use his seeing ability to create his work but through his skateboarding around urban environments he captured a whole sensory experience that wasn’t about seeing forms and space but feel the texture and weight of them.  It gave him the opportunity to find different use for those objects. I think he enjoys work on big scale spaces and although I still find it difficult to understand his work and think he is a dedicate artist with a purpose and that is the reason he has grown as an artist and had so many opportunities of exhibit his work . HIs audience follows how he will come up with a new idea and how he will present it. It also amazed me to find out that his work is not digitally manipulated at all. He just uses it for photography and all he develops his ideas mainly  from drawings.


Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly, American artist born in 1928 – died in Rome in 2011. Twombly belonged to the movement Abstract Impressionism. He emerged during the 50′ in Europe. His inspirations came from Greco-Roman Mythology, history, places, French Neo classicism and contemporary graffiti on ancient walls. He seemed to know  to balance history, the past with his own sensual and emotional response to it. Writing and language was also major conceptual foundations to his abstract art. He focused on sketching unidentifiable doodles and splotching on canvas based on handwriting.

At first, only looking at the images before reading about Cy Twombly I instantly identified his work with the work of my nursery class as I am a kindergarten teacher. Most people would say with a bit of despise in their voices, including parents or someone who consider themselves to be a non-artistic person, that any random scribble or “messy paint” is just like a work of a art of a 4 years old. On the contrary, I think there is so much life and energy and most work of the 4 years old I have been teaching for the last 5 years.  I believe that the appearance of a childish look in Cy Twombly’s artwork is a bit intentional. He has the courage and guts to express himself in the most free spirited way  which we all did once,  when we were small and innocent. Saying that, the work of Cy Twombly is hugely more refined than that. What appears to be a childish scribble or blotches is actually a strong voice and passion for history and as mentioned above, and the right balance on his researches versus his own concepts. I admire and loved to see his work because of the strong urge I also have to express art freely, following my own instincts, emotions and moment. I find it so fascinating to take handwriting as inspiration and the movement in his large scale work is so energetic and bright. The video bellow is all I had in mind about Cy Twombly but it is all said by someone more articulated who became friends with him and definitely understood his essence to the core. I think the short interview with film maker John Waters says it all.

Cy Twombly – The last paintings 2003-2011

There are a few works that I really like but the one above is one of my favourite because of the colours combination, the painting running down the canvas, the layered colours and the movement. It reminds me my childhood books when I had to fill up pages with snake, loops, zig zag and other lines that I had no idea what was that for and found it very tedious to do it and at the same time relaxing. I like the intensity of each colour, the lighter red and very strong and thick red on the top. It is a painting full of energy .

Cy Twombly –  The last paintings

I specifically posted this image because of the size scale compared to a person. Again, it is the loop movement that captivates me, it is childish and wonderful, it bleeds out of the canvas and I can feel how big and energetic would be painting something so big.  The lines are in harmony with thick and thin, dry and wet.

Cy Twombly – Peony Blossom painting 2006-2007 this link is a more accurate explanation of the series of painting entitled “Peony”. This particular one is my favourite  and I didn’t know until I read the article above, that the choice for the painting was a result of his reasrch of  ancient preference in  Japanese art to contemplate the aesthetic form of flowers like peonies, chrysanthemums or cherry blossom. Cy also had his inspiration on a haiku written on the 14th century by Takarai Kikaku for a Samurai called Kusunoku Masashige about Peonies which suggests the Samurai abandoned his armour for a moment to allow himself the pleasure to appreciate the Peonies. I am very keen on all sorts of Japanese art because it is in my blood. It is part of my family heritage and there is a certain view from Japanese culture perspective in art that deeply appeals to me. I think it is the way they see the world and beauty that attracts me most. In certain touches, use of colours, subject and perspective. In traditional Japanese art ” Sumie” the simple strokes and minimalism has a sort of power that I can contemplate for a long time. Maybe in Cy Twombly Peonies I saw this minimalism and yet loud and powerful that explains where my taste in going for the art I want to make.

Peony in  Japanese Sumie style

The painting above is just to show the traditional Japanese style of depicting a very elaborated flower in a simple way. Cy Twombly did that just in a more daring, expressive, powerful and brighter .

Toby Paterson versus Cy Twombly

Although I am really glad I came to understand a bit more of Toby Paterson’s art and concepts, I can confidently say that Cy Twombly is clearly my favourite. Toby Paterson has its foundation in forms and shapes in the sense of geometrical, architectural  way, His work is well planned and neat. He has a view and thinks of how to translate that for his audience. He tries to create art so people can see what he sees through it. His colours are soft, classy and it all looks very clean and well positioned. Cy Twombly is chaos, mess, audacity and courage. Not that Toby Paterson is not courageous, every artist is when they believe in their art and open it to the public. I think Cy Twombly did what he felt like doing rather then worry about if the public would understand and be pleased or not with it. It was so out of boundaries that it just did! He was confident enough to express his intentions and passions through his very own interpretation of it. The result is that his energetic and powerful work either hit the public in a very good or bad way. The bad way I suppose would be people thinking it is all about scribbled and a bit of mess. The very good way would be the very natural response to his work which is the only way to deeply appreciate Cy Twombly ,like the film maker John Waters did.


Brooklyn Collage Collective and Lorem Ipsum group exhibition : beautiful savage

Brooklyn Collage Collective is a project founded in 2013 by Lappin Jesse Morgan, American Designer and musician who started collage when he needed to come up with new designs for his T-shirt company. The result was a beginning of   a passionate way to express himself artistically. Founding BBC ( Brooklyn Collage Collective) became a Chanel to gather artists interested in collage from local areas and  all over the world, bringing attention to this medium and build a strong community of collage artists and mixed media.

” Because of the Internet, books are the reason collage is blooming as a medium” Lappin Morgan, 2017. 

the weird and wonderful collages of morgan jesse lappin

I really enjoyed reading the interview with Lappin Morgan for MOOF magazine because it just reveals more about how innovative and enthusiastic he is with his artwork. It is very inspiring understanding how he achieves such great collages. Lappin spends a fair amount of time looking for and collecting images that draw his attention. I like the fact that he looks into 90’s and before,  encyclopaedias and educational books, magazines (including porn ones) and develop the most intricate and fun ideas. He is a collector of any images, found anywhere, that he sees some interest . I think he shows that collage is mostly about searching for images that capture some sort of feeling within us and from there we can explore without limits what our minds can create. Lappin Morgan works is a mixture of dedication, creativity, innovation and surely his background influences as in family, childhood memories, music and his surrounding.

“For your Pleasure” ( physical cut and tape, 2014) Lappin Morgan

I like the collage above from Lappin for its attention to details, black and white choice that gives a completely vintage feel and the giant couple in the middle having passionate sex! It is fun and well elaborated. It has a good balance between the ambience, people and image as a whole. The very formal environment, full of men dressed in suits in contrast with the naked couple having sex and fitting so well is quite amazing. The lady’s hands fits the table perfectly and in both sides, the audience are convincingly watching them!

Michele Luger is a young 30 years old artist and another member of the BCC, who lives and works in Brooklyn. She likes various forms of arts such as filming, performing and writing but her ultimate choice is definitely visual arts. She joined BBC in 2018.

I like her collage style and the concept of exploring human emotions in the way that it masks our true feelings. I also find it very interesting that she actually does not cut the images she selects for her work. I understand that she traces the area she wants to apply her own addition by painting on it. It is a cutting without physically cutting if I understood well.

Fear of flying- Michele Luger member of BBC

I chose the image above for its title and the overall look . I think it is a very nice connection between image and tittle because of the both sides images of : an airplane and what looks like a sort of explosion happening underneath it. On the right side the couple looking relaxed or probably masking their fear by looking relaxing? The central image is a face with a cowboy hat and the left angle of it seems to be of a tough guy but the frontal image of a very frightening expression with an airplane above which to me looks like the real “fear” going inside his head. It is a very cubist painting and although it is not something ver appealing to me, a like how she came out with this concept and applied in many of her works of collage. It defines a style and put her signature in it.


Lorem Ipsum project : beautiful savage

Going through the artists of beautiful savage I really like the work of Lizzie Gill

She is an American mixed media artists who explores a contemporary versus retro Americana concepts. I like the technique she uses with a hole puncher! I think it is such a simple tool that I would never thinking about using in an artwork and the effect of various size dots is great. It gives a very feminine look to it, delicate and pretty, but when she change the sizes it is more graphic and contemporary feel. In some of this collage series she adds some pencil lines and painting with just the right balance. Her work really inspired me to experiment more in collage.

Tinderella – collage, Lizzie Gill ,2017

I like the collage above and the Allegory of the tittle, that shows in the romantic expression of the lady and the use of the dating app Tinder these days. Ironically, it  might make some women think they could find ” the one” through that kind of social network. It has a clever concept and image together, it is simple and the message is also simple to understand.

M_no7, collage by Lizzie Gill, 2017

I like the collage above, not sure I understand the message. I like it visually, the colours choice, the touch of bright red in contrast with black and white image, the scribbles on top of his head and the dots… I really like her series of work using a hole puncher!