Framed Wine Label Collage

I collage wine labels because of the intensity, the color, the realistic vibrancy and the serenity they bring. Some labels have such artwork on their bottles you can almost feel an emotion as you taste their wine, not only bringing to life the artwork but bringing the flavors into the art. Rabble Wine Company at Tooth and Nail Winery being one of my most favorites in intensity, grit, and magnificent color. Peachy Canyon has a luscious Rose label painted by Tracy Taylor, where watercolor meets fish meets turtle meets wine. Peacock Cellars have gloriously detailed peacock feathers that adorn their labels. Each bottle tells its own story, and I tell mine.

By definition “a collage is a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope: a work of art produced by this technique.” 

“One of the important techniques of early modernism, which allowed painters to engage and use different materials, fusing anything from newspaper and magazines, to maps, tickets, propaganda posters, and photographs, text, and found objects for the creation of the visually stunning and thought-provoking images. Emerging as a reaction against the First World War and the need to connect with reality in the face of the growing abstractness of the Analytical Cubism, the term collage, from the French word coller, meaning to cut, was coined by the Cubism artists, Georges Braque, and Pablo Picasso. For these two authors, and Cubism movement as a whole, collage allowed for the exploration of painting’s illusion of three-dimensionality while exposing and using the flatness of the painted surface.”

“The contemporary art term ‘ mixed-media’ has effectively replaced the word collage. Mixed-media works seem to dominate the global contemporary scene and streets of almost every city on the planet, showcasing the works of both urban and street artists that have perfected the practice of gathering and assembling. Both works on the streets and the contemporary mixed-media images, influenced by illustration, painting, and photography, play with elements of abstraction, constructivism, surrealism,  dada and presents a collection of the visual language and codes of communication today. Reflecting the spirit of today, the short-attention, mass media culture and mass image production, the rise of the mixed-media works should not be a surprise for us. The ability to cut and glue, and redo the process quickly and to instantly change or challenge the mood is one of the major reasons behind the popularity of this technique.”

This piece measures 19 1/2in x 24in and includes hooks on back for hanging.

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