Engage | Event

Uncollage Tour with Todd Bartel

November 07, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm

“Uncollage” is the idea that artists have, for a very long time, used collage operations to make art. Such practices often include a masking process to make the collage elements unseen. In the pages of Kolaj Magazine and at Kolaj Fest New Orleans, Todd Bartel has been unpacking and exploring the idea of “Uncollage” and the artists who use this practice. Starting with the exhibition, “Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum“, Bartel will take us on a tour of the Knoxville Museum of Art and focus on those artists whose respective practices “are dependent upon collecting images and employing collage processes that are not always visibly evident in the work. Artists such as these, and many more, prompt us to expand the definition of collage and divide the term to attribute some of its wider applications.” Looking at art in this way unveils the deep impact collage has had throughout art history.

Todd Bartel is a collage-based artist. His work assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture. Since 2002, Bartel has taught drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Massachusetts. He is the founder and the Director of the Cambridge School’s Thompson Gallery, a teaching gallery dedicated to thematic inquiry, and “IS” (Installation Space), a proposal-based installation gallery. Bartel holds a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University.