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Un-Masked… unveiling a collage for The Mask Project

Last fall I was invited to create artwork to contribute to The Mask Project, an auction to benefit Denver Hospice. Once I agreed, I received my “canvas,” — a cold-looking, almost life-sized, white plaster mask.

Mask upon arrival at my studio.

Mask upon arrival at my studio.

The raw mask sat in the studio looking blankly at me for quite awhile before I had time to begin working on it. I’d wondered how well papers would adhere on the curved surfaces but my wet working process allowed them to flow with and adapt to the shape, attaching well. Granted, I was working with fairly thin papers and small pieces and I’m sure that helped. It was fun to work on a different kind of support and to respond to the facial features in my own whimsical way.

mask work in progress

Just beginning work on the mask… to almost finished.

The mask, “Foundling,” will be on display as part of an exhibit in the Kaiser Permanente Grand Court of Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado from September 12 through October 25, 2016. A number of masks from celebrities and artists are available for viewing and auction. Online bidding on the masks begins September 12 — view (or perhaps bid on!) mine here. Bidding ends October 9.

My mask comes with an added premium item: a $150 Gift Certificate for Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, an amazing restaurant / bar / performance venue. Thanks, Ophelia’s!

Final mask for Denver Hospice’s The Mask Project, “Foundling,” by Janice McDonald.

Final mask for Denver Hospice’s The Mask Project, “Foundling,” 8.75 x 6.75 x 1.5″, collage by Janice McDonald.

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Unboxed… a stealth project (until now)

And now for something completely different…

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been fortunate to work on many commissioned collages, most with references to landscape, assembled on sturdy wooden supports. My last solo show, Paper Trails, reflected and continued that series. As I was working on those collages, I started to wonder what it would be like to work on more casual pieces with random edges, pushing collage beyond the boundaries of straight edged boards/supports.

So I’ve been quietly working on a new idea for about a year and a half now, first thinking and sketching, then exploring some trial pieces and musing about the possibilities, collecting materials and beginning to work on the new series in earnest. I was really unsure that it could be the basis for a show, but wanted to push in that direction.

It all started with boxes…

An avid recycler, I find myself carefully deconstructing and flattening the many boxes that flow through our household. I’m struck by the beauty and craft in these common materials. The packages have surprising perimeters, that are revealed once taken apart, and unexpected details in their construction. Each box comes with its own history of purpose, content, transport and consumption — ending as a void, an emptied container, just debris.

"Unboxed 003," 17 x 9" collage on granola bar box. © 2015, Janice McDonald.

“Unboxed 003,” 17 x 9″ collage on granola bar box. © 2015, Janice McDonald.

It seemed natural to try using the unfolded boxes as platforms for collage compositions. I like the idea that the salvaged papers are resting on, and relating to, a salvaged support.

I’ve enjoyed responding to the boxes’ varied shapes and scored fold lines with found / recycled papers. The hard edges of the diecut boxes contrast with the ripped paper elements. While the collages are non-objective works, some of the pieces have a whimsical, almost totemic feeling about them. I think it’s a function of the edges. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of impression they make collectively. That’s something I won’t know until they’re hung on the gallery walls.

Once I had a significant start on the series, I finally determined that the collages are strong enough to make a compelling show. “Unboxed” opens at Spark Gallery later this month! Perhaps you can join me at the opening reception on Friday, August 19 from 6-9pm.

Stealth because…

For a long time, as the collage works progressed, I was quite unsure of their merit and didn’t want to be influenced by feedback from others. And I was oddly possessive about divulging this concept! So I haven’t shown any of them, anywhere, except in a postage-stamp-size image on a gallery promo card. Especially not on Facebook or Instagram, where I have often posted work in progress. Only in recent months have I finally started to show a few samples and discuss them with close family and friends. Now that the series is established, I’m comfortable posting collages from the series here, on my website gallery, and social media. Stay tuned to see more from the Unboxed series as it unfolds, literally!

 

 

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Collages at Robert Anderson Gallery + Daily Mail Catalog

One of the collages in the exhibition, 17 MAY 2013, collage on watercolor paper, framed 12 x 9."

One of the collages in the exhibition, 17 MAY 2013. Collage on watercolor paper, framed 12 x 9.” ©2013, Janice McDonald.

Some of the collages from my Daily Mail series are included in an exhibition of the Denver Collage Club at the Robert Anderson Gallery through May 30, 2015. The show features the work of more than 20 collagists and was recently written about in L’Oeil, an online photography journal, as well as Kolaj magazine. The gallery is located at 2426 East Third Avenue, Denver, Colorado. Hours are 11am-6pm Thursdays through Saturdays.

I’ve recently (finally!) organized all 75 images from the original series into a catalog, now available for purchase online. Each collage is reproduced at almost full size… so for those of you who felt these pieces should never be separated from each other: an intact collection is now available!

The Daily Mail catalog in its native habitat, amongst the wild paper debris!

The Daily Mail catalog in its native habitat, amongst the studio debris.

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Denver International Airport Installation

Here to there collaborative art installation at Denver International Airport.

Partial view of the ‘here to there” collaborative art installation at Denver International Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denver International Airport ‘here to there” art installation in main terminal.

 

 

 

I’ve somehow neglected to post news about my artwork at Denver International Airport (DIA)! Several enlargements from recent travel-inspired collages are part of an ongoing exhibition in the Main Terminal. An associated DIA Art Gallery show has already ended.

You don’t need to go through security to see the artwork. The installation is located on the 5th level—in the passageway directly below each of the east/west bridges, behind the rental car counters. Ask one of the cowboy-hatted greeters if you can’t find it!

One of my contributions... “Mapped,” 18 x 24″ collage with acrylic on wood panel.

One of my contributions… “Mapped,” 18 x 24″ collage with acrylic on wood panel.

Details from three of my collages, all interpretations of travel, were enlarged and are included in the “here to there” installation along with those of fellow Expand artists Mary Williams, Ken Elliott, Carol Ann Waugh, and Victoria Eubanks. The panels were designed so that the elements from one image “travel” to visually connect with another — quite a collaboration.

Just making connections in Denver? You’ll need to leave the secured concourses and head to the main terminal to see the work… a fun diversion, near a brewpub, if you have the time!

The words that accompany the installation read:

here to there

we are wanderers
we leave trails as much as we take trails

foot steps through cities, woods, prairies
threads that tie us to these places and each other
fragments of vistas and color
bits and pieces — we collect and leave behind
corners and u-turns that bring us full circle
we amble, we soar, we connect

we are masters at getting
from here to there

It’s been a real thrill to see my artwork whenever I’m coming or going… or meeting up with friends/family who are! Check it out if you are traveling through Denver.

"Speed," by Janice McDonald, 18 x 24" collage with acrylic background on wood panel.

One of my here to there collages: “Speed,” 18 x 24″ collage with acrylic on wood panel.

 

 

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Botanicollage

About this time last year I was working on a series of nine collages with a botanical bent… and I’m really excited that they are now on view at the Loveland Museum Gallery as part of Xylem, a show of contemporary botanical artworks. The exhibition runs through March 15th in Loveland, Colorado. (Botanicollage has such a nice ring to it that I may have to continue the series!)

"Unfurl," by Janice McDonald

Unfurl,” 10 x 10″ collage, composed of salvaged and repurposed paper, on wood panel. © 2014, Janice McDonald.

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You’re invited: open studio this weekend

Actual unedited image of one of my table surfaces, photographed just this morning... I won't be cleaning up too much so visitors can see what my process is like...

Actual unedited image of one of my table surfaces… I won’t be cleaning up too much so visitors can see what my process is like.

October 17th-19th:
Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm

Here’s your chance to visit my collage studio! See work in progress, check out the abundant paper stash, and peruse available collages, both small and large. I’d love to show you around…

Park Hill Studio Tour to benefit the Art Garage*
My studio address: 2212 Ash Street in Denver
A map to ALL open art studios in the neighborhood is available at
the Art Garage, 6100 E. 23rd Avenue, Denver, Colorado
Free event.
*10% of sales benefit the Art Garage.

Hope you can drop by! And for my far-flung friends, I’ll post pictures next week.

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Image & Word: Art and Poetry in Conversation

Leftovers

Leftovers

This summer I was invited to make an artwork based on a poem, then a poet used my collage as inspiration of a new poem, and so it went: eight artists, eight poets. Artists and poets worked in anonymity, so the unveiling will be a surprise for everyone involved, including: Chuck Ceraso, Susan Allspaw Pomeroy, Jimmy Sellars, Maria Melendez Kelson, Priscilla Fowler, Lisa Zimmerman, Jennifer Parisi, Bill Tremblay, Linda Armantrout, Aaron Anstett, Gayle Crites, Joseph Hutchison, Jared Smith, Monika Edgar, Kathleen Cain and myself.

You’re invited to attend the unveiling of the works at “Image and Word: Art and Poetry in Conversation” on August 16th at 7pm at the Louisville Center for the Arts in Louisville, Colorado. Tickets are $12 and seating is limited so reserve your seat in advance here.  I’d, of course, love to see you there!

Since I’m not allowed to show my collage, I’m showing you the debris field of leftover papers behind and around my easel! Anything could’ve happened…

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Stop by: opening celebrations

bakersdozenI’m excited to announce that my work has been juried into two exciting shows in Denver, both with opening receptions this Friday, May 2nd. I’ll be spending time at both… just not sure where I’ll be when!

One of my Daily Mail collages will be on view at RedLine’s First Annual Juried Show, “Intersections.” The opening reception is Friday, May 2nd from 6-10pm at RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, Colorado. If you’re not familiar with RedLine, it’s a great space with a whole crew of artist residents at work adjacent to the main gallery space and lots of community arts-related programming. Definitely worth an exploratory visit! The show runs through May 16th. Jurors were Carlos Frésquez, Michael Paglia, and Collin Parson.

Another collage will be part of Mai Wyn Fine Art‘s First Annual Juried Show, “A Baker’s Dozen.” Thirteen artists were selected for the show and the “best of show” artist will be awarded a solo show in 2015. (I would love it to be me!) The juror was Michael Chavez, manager of Denver’s public art program. The opening reception is Friday, May 2nd from 5-9pm at 744 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado.The show runs through June 14th; gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.

Hope you will come out and look at artwork this First Friday… and that I’ll bump into you at one exhibition or another!

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Ongoing saga of the Daily Mail collages

April 1 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

April 1 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

I’ve been posting the Daily Mail collages on my Facebook art page in a one-year-later, day-by-day manner and want to put them here too. However, I’ve fallen way behind! Where has April gone?!

I’d, of course, love for you to like my Facebook page if you are in the mood. Then my art posts would show up on your Facebook feed from time to time. Click here to take a look.

April 2 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

April 2 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

April 3 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

April 3 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 04 2013

April 4 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 06 2013

April 6 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 08 2013

April 8 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 09 2013

April 9 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 11 2013

April 11 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 12 2013

April 12 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 13 2013

April 13 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 15 2013

April 15 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 16 2013

April 16 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 17 2013

April 17 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 18 2013

April 18 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 19 2013

April 19 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 20 2013

April 20 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 22 2013

April 22 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 23 2013

April 23 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 24 2013

April 24 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 25 2013

April 25 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 26 2013

April 26 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 27 2013

April 27 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 29 2013

April 29 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

APRIL 30 2013

April 30 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

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More from the Daily Mail collage series

Another week’s worth of collages from my Overlooked Artifacts exhibition, made from mail received one year ago this past week. Each is an original collage on paper, 7.5 x 5.5,” framed in black metal frame 12 x 9,” with UV resistant glass and archival mat. ©2013.

March 25 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 25 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 26 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 26 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 27 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 27 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

March 28 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 28 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

March 29 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 29 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

March 30 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

March 30 2013, original collage by Janice McDonald.

 

 

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