The almighty Kasnan aka Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk doesn’t have a Tumblr so I am posting his answers in his place. What a guy. He unleashes his full powers here.
I was invited to do this interview as part of a World Wide Blog Hop by collage artist Adrian Velazco. I will answer four questions about my work, and invite three artists to do the same. Thanks for inviting me, Adrian! Read his answers here. I have invited three other artists to…
Adrian Velazco a skronky U.S collage artist invited me to take part in a World Wide Blog Hop by answering 4 questions about my practice, and inviting three artists to do the same. Chiggy cheers Ade. Find his work here.
The three collage titans I have chosen are:
Zach Collins (U.S)
Thomas Seminar Ford (U.K)
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk (U.K)
God willing they will post their own unique answers on the 14th July.
What am I working on?
At current I am collaborating with several artists both nationally and internationally as part of my collabradors project. This was kick started when I was approached by the wonderful Zach Collins in 2013. From that point on I was approached by Terry Flowers with his inimitable Garbage Pail Kids Sticker series and then…well all hell broke loose. My long term collaborator MrMalito will attest to that!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have always considered humour to be of paramount importance in my life. It shapes the way I see things, the way I behave with people and how I approach collage. The common misconception is that if you’re trying to be funny you’re not a serious artist. That’s bullshit. Humour is a bridge, and I have spent decades building mine. My collages are designed to make you laugh, smile or just feel a bit weird.
Why do I create what I do?
That’s the 64 million pence question right there. I’ll never forget hearing ‘Art is the answer to the question no-one asked.’ I think it’s wise to not get too inflated a sense of what you’re doing. On a personal, selfish level collage is therapeutic, even cathartic. The feeling of a great collage coming together will make me stand up and scream, clap my hands - make me think I can’t wait to show so-and-so this.
Beyond that I know I’m not working in isolation. There’s a preposterous array of talented individuals out there in the world of collage, and it’s becoming easier and easier to connect and collaborate with them. I find my audience growing too, a very receptive and supportive audience so I must be doing something right.
How does my creating process work?
I have a ridiculous amount of books, journals, pamphlets and posters to get through. I haven’t purchased new books in over six months, purely due to space restrictions. I now have started the process of whittling the titles down. It’s like foraging, you don’t need to use everything at once, so you may cut out a page or two from a book, leave it for a year then come back and discover a hidden sliver of gold. It’s no use being precious. I will just as gladly cut into a book that is sixty five years old or more as I would an issue of Fangoria.
A side product of all this cutting and slicing is the wonderful and yet somehow dreadful bags of offcuts. Slabs of architecture sit beside melted prosthetic faces by way of kittens, dogs and rocket launchers. I have two enormous polythene bags of them. My magic bags. But as any good warlock will tell you - NOT ALL MAGIC IS GOOD.
Collagerie exhibition 2014. A celebration of collage art and the individual styles of contemporary…
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Awesome collaborations with Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk 2014. Very tasty!
This is a short vid to say HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to my kind, ridiculously friendly and much loved Pops. J’men fou if this is cheesy!
Happy Father’s Day!
Mr Cambridge’s Offering & Pupae Brad Dourif, collaboration with the lanky Swagatha Christie himself Richard Peel. HERE LOOK HERE
Very very sweaty starters for Geronimo Finn, 2014
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