Montages

These are, strictly, collages: that is, pre-existing images assembled together to make up a work of art. But when I did them in 1967, I decided to call them montages for two reasons.
One) there was no overlap of images, as normally found in the collage.
Two) these were meant to be “read” both globally, as one normally assimilates a non-moving image; and also sequentially: left to right or right to left or above to below or below to above or all of these choices of eye movement. In this sense, I was of course trying to create something analogous to the montage in film, with the obvious disadvantage that they did not move, but with the advantage that they could be “followed” any which way.

There were a lot of them. I still like a few. Judith Clute used two of them – “Mary Fell Silent Into History” and “The Sadness of the Egg” – as incipits for two of her paintings. Some of the other ones that still seem all right are reproduced below.
(Clicking on each image will take you to its home on Flickr)

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Upright

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Parched

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One Man’s Meat

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Solutions

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Stabat Mater

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Boot Hill

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Below is the Fiend’s

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Babel

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Untitled

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Promising

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