TWS Broadcast: Episode 04. Francesca Gavin & Dennis Busch. The Age of Collage

Since it’s first edition in 2013, the artist Dennis Busch has partnered with the prestigious Berlin based publishing house, Gestalten, to put out the most relevant book series reviewing contemporary collage: The Age of Collage. 

In this episode  we are speaking with Francesca Gavin and Dennis Busch, editors of this series latest release: The Age of Collage 3.

Both editors have a very different profile and that’s part of the richness of the book. And that’s what’s great about these interviews. We’ll be facing the Age of Collage from two opposite perspectives and ways of approaching art and collage.

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About our guests:

Francesca Gavin

Francesca is the author of six books, editor of LIMBO magazine and is a contributing editor at Financial Times – How to Spend It, Twin and Kaleidoscope. She co-curated exhibitions at Somerset House and Palais de Tokyo. Her monthly radio show Rough Version on NTS looks at the intersection of art and music.

More about Francesca Gavin: website, radio show, instagram.

Dennis Busch

Dennis  is an artist and author involved in shaping two gestalten classics, The Age of Collage 1 & 2. A master of masking and the double-take, he brings a generous dose of surrealistic humor to classic cut-out techniques, forming strange and witty collages.

More about Dennis Busch: Instagram

About the book: The Age of Collage. Vol. 3

Cut, paste, create: While Collage was conceived in the early 1900s, it seems to be the perfect form of expression for the twenty-first century, with all its juxtapositions and eclecticism and strange bedfellows. In our present The Age of Collage 3, the simple act of mixing together different elements allows us to question our reality and make new worlds. The Age of Collage 3 showcases a new crop of artistic vanguards advancing the medium’s possibilities, piece-by-piece. Equipped with a craft knife, paintbrush, stylus, scissors, or tablet, a collage artist’s toolkit is as varied as their creations and this book brings their work back to the paper page.
Creating things by hand is an intentional gesture that has brought with it a resistance to digitization of image con- sumption, and an awareness of the manipulation of photographic imagery. Many of today’s artists are using digital media in new ways to create layered compositions. In doing so the process of addition and removal and combining contrasting elements is not just an artistic process. It is a way of thinking.

Editors: gestalten, Dennis Busch & Francesca Gavin
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages
Format 24 × 30 cm, 9 ½ × 11 ¾ inches
Price: € 39.90 (D)  £ 35  $ 60 (US)
ISBN: 978-3-89955-110-5

Find the book at Gestalten

Artworks by David Leggett
Book spread with Soozy Lipsey’s work
Book spread with Richard Hawkins work
Book spread with Jens Wortmann’s work
Book spread with Weronika Gesicka’s work
Larry Achiampong
Book spread with Seana Gavin’s work

Also, if you are in Berlin these days, don’t miss The Age of Collage exhibition at The Curve gallery, curated by Dennis Busch and Valerie von Meiss. And if you’re not in the city, you can see the exhibit through their virtual visit.

NOV 27 – DEC 20
THUR 12 – 8 PM
FRI – SUN 12 – 6 PM
or by appointment

the Curve Pop-Up
Torstrasse 138 • 10119 Berlin