December 20, 2023
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study1104, 2023
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Matthew Zaremba is a multidisciplinary artist known for his illustrated reflections on the human condition. In his collage work, he employs a minimalist, grid-like approach that captures the essence of time. His compositions, a curation of aged book pages, weave together a narrative of imperfection and temporality, accentuated with pops of color. As an internationally recognized and published artist, Zaremba's commitment to tactile, analog techniques in his diverse creative work — which spans from print to public murals — echoes a broader desire to reconnect with the tangible and handcrafted in the digital age.

study907, 2023
Archival papers, 11 X 14 in.

To me, making collage work is similar to my youth digging in the crates and producing instrumental compositions. There is a common thread of discovery and reworking of materials to create something new that can encapsulate a vision or feeling. Within the limitation of specific materials, there emerges a focus on creative approach and individual style. In that sense, it also reminds me of graffiti. We may utilize similar materials and follow traditions, but it’s the unique approach and nuances that breathe life into the work.

study1004, 2023
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I really like blank pages from old books for neutrals. Especially if there are water stains, mildew, and other blemishes. There is a story in the materials sometimes. Age. The passing of time. I also like to extract old imagery of gradients from the backgrounds or periphery of ads. It’s usually what’s just outside of the center of attention that I am most interested in. Subtle elements that can be incorporated into a composition. What was in the background became the foreground… Became the center of attention.

study828, 2023
Archival papers, 11 X 14 in.
study906, 2023
Archival papers, 11 X 14 in.

When I first started making collages again, the content felt more figurative or overt, so to speak. More imagery, more text, more distressed elements. Aesthetically I had become more and more appreciative of textile works, patchwork, and minimalism. It was at this point that I shifted my style to more of a grid-like or patchwork approach, layering, color-blocking, and abutting elements. I’ve really enjoyed this approach, as it feels natural to me. I suppose I want the viewer to feel the organic nature of the works. They just ARE, more than they are trying to BE if that makes sense. There’s a timelessness and purposefulness that I think comes across, or is my intention at least. I suppose that’s the message they attempt to convey… A quiet acknowledgement that it is what it is and what that is just works. I think that’s how I look at life these days.

study708, 2023
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I think most of the emphasis has been on digital collage and now the advancement of AI technology. I’m not interested in either. I find a lot of joy in the analog nature of the collage work I am making, and that of other artists I have been seeing. I think the future of not only art, but society as a whole, will eventually come to a greater appreciation for all things analog and tactile. We’ve been racing towards milestone after milestone of technological advancement for decades now, and I think people are hurting more than ever. I believe there is a direct correlation there, and the only way to course-correct is to re-center ourselves, and society, in a more conscious and mindful way of living and creating.

study717, 2023
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Matthew Zaremba was born in 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently based in New England.

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An additional selection of works by artists we have our eyes on.

Bicéfala's work, a blend of analog and digital techniques, explores themes of the occult, counterculture, and the macabre using vintage materials. Her works navigate themes of feminism and erotica, challenging conventional perceptions with their empowering narratives. Nature is not merely a backdrop in her creations but a dynamic element, adding depth and contrast.

Mark Harris, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Philadelphia, PA, developed his artistic talents at the Miami International School of Art & Design, departing from his New Jersey roots. Emphasizing collaboration and the transformation of ideas into reality, Mark cherishes the creative aspects of design, having navigated his career back to the Northeast's snowy climate.

Rodrigo Moreira (he/him/his) is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist creating poetic interventions on social issues that emerge in everyday life through printmaking, video, text, and installation.

The works of Monique Baumann are complex and multifaceted; besides paintings they include collages, assemblages, photography and drawings. She shuns neither new techniques, nor material barriers, nor limits of form, so that her works take effect as tangible and accessible, but never empty. Monique Baumann doesn’t divide her oeuvre into periods of creativity; far more, she interweaves all its facets, even if the stylistic elements couldn’t be more different from each other.

Miles Aldridge rose to prominence in the mid-nineties with his arresting, highly stylised photographs with references to film noir, art history and pop culture. An acclaimed colourist, he renders elaborate mise-en-scènes in a palette of vibrant acidic hues. These glamorous, frequently eroticised images probe society’s idealised notions of domestic bliss where sinister undercurrents swirl beneath a flawless surface.

Out and About

How and where to engage with collage in the world around us.
What to watch, read, and experience, as curated by the Collé team.


How Elliott Erwitt Found His Signature Humor and Joy

In fall 2016, Aperture and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin copublished Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World, a visual account of the photographer’s sixty-year career, from his early experiments in California to his intimate family portraits in New York and his celebrity and political magazine assignments around the world. Erwitt, who died on November 29, 2023, was renowned for his personal and humorous observations of the street and his irrepressible sense of curiosity.


Jake Dombroski - Hi-Res S13E7

Jake Dombroski is an artist and designer living in Philadelphia. He is currently an Art Director at Agency M. Nowadays when he’s not spending time with his wife and daughter, he can be found in the studio making collage. He’s currently organizing and curating events with Collage Philadelphia. Jake joins the show Hi-Res to discuss early career lessons, finding time to focus on his art and his entrepreneurial approach to Collage Philadelphia.


Kokoroko - Kokoroko (EP)

Kokoroko’s self-titled EP is their first release of recordings after playing around the London circuit since 2014, and what a solid introduction the four songs on this record are to cement themselves at the forefront of the new afrobeat and jazz music coming out of the UK.