January 17, 2024
March 13, 2024
Unconscious Bias, Harvard Magazine, 2021
Archival Paper, Found imagery, 8.5 x 10 in.

Mark Harris' collages offer a stark, introspective look at identity, blending fragmented images with bold shapes to underscore life's complexities. His work captures the tension between reality and the digital, inviting a deep, discerning examination of our layered selves.

DES ESCLAVES À PARIS, Society Magazine, 2023
Archival paper, photo, 8 x 11 in.

Intentional, Layered, Unexpected - My work started off as an exercise in therapy in which I expressed my frustration with a number of things including the status of race relations in America (just before the George Floyd era) along with my experience as the only black creative in every agency I worked for in the Philadelphia area. I started my career as a traditional graphic designer. This time was filled with exploration into different printing treatments and flat vector based art. I was always drawn to the tactile-ness of printed work. Collage provided a way to bring this same feeling into my work.

Untitled, 2018
Archival paper, 15 x 15 in.

Collage to me is an art form of mixing elements together to express an idea and feeling. This comes with a natural sense of nostalgia. The imperfections are usually what brings life to a collage. Those rhythmic rips, ink marks, scribbles, unexpected negative spaces are all working together as a symphony for your viewing pleasure.

Untitled, 2022
Archival paper, Vintage magazine, 5 x 7 in.
NYT Commission, 2022
Archival Paper, 6 x 6 in.

I try not to focus on just one theme these days. I could never have a formula to my work where I chose the same colors and same background then arrange the items in the same way every time. I feel the same way about taking on work that is of the same subject matter. In the future, I hope to make more personal work and strip away the human elements all together. I want to communicate with people in a way that takes a bit more patience.

Untitled, 2018
Archival Paper, 8 x 11 in.

I’ve built my own personal library of elements from old magazines. I find that having something weathered in a piece adds another level of texture and warmth.

Fast Car, Road & Track, 2023
Archival paper, 42 x 52 in.

Mark Harris was born in 1985 in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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For Your Viewing Pleasure

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

Sarah Bagshaw, an artist based in Birmingham, UK, creatively uses recycled cardboard for printmaking and collage artworks, employing techniques like screen printing and etching. Her work transforms everyday materials into unique expressions.

Petra Heidrich is a textile artist from Germany who creates unusual, colourful and unique pieces by combining embroidery with vintage postcards and photographs.

Anja Brunt is a Dutch graphic designer and artist who was inspired to create something new every day. She decided to make and photograph faces out of every day objects. Sometimes she collects objects or picks up rubbish when she is out walking, at other times she uses things she has at her house.

Teresa Booth Brown is an artist and teacher best known for her use of collage in oil painting, mixed-media drawings, and printmaking. Her collage materials come from a wide range of sources including fashion magazines, discarded teaching materials, and obsolete textbooks. Strong color, abstracted imagery, and architectural geometry distinguish her work.

Born in Montreal, Canada in 1954, Peter Dowker co-founded Peter + Peter Studios after graduating from Concordia University. The studio specialized in film and TV props for 30 years. Post-closure, he moved to Brome Lake, Quebec, dedicating himself to art and becoming involved in the mail art community. Dowker now divides his time between Quebec and Mexico's central highlands.

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.


Nigel Shafran – Workbooks

Loose Joints is proud to present Workbooks: an extensive book that gathers together a creative lifetime of collecting, imagining, sketching and recording by British artist Nigel Shafran from 1984-2023.


Sara Cwynar – Glass Life

Sara Cwynar dives into an avalanche of screens made for shopping and surveillance in this electric, entrancing short. Capturing how compulsively we click, scroll, swipe, the Canadian artist emerges from infinitely looped, hyperlinked waters with a dazzling vision of what aesthetic beauty is today.


Ulrika Spacek - The Album Paranoia

Ulrika Spacek's soundscape has drawn assorted interpretations, a cross pollination of hypnotic fuzz, with Tom Verlaine (Television) and Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) guitar idiosyncrasies and intertwining feelings of both angst and melancholia. An amalgamation of their record collection, influences range from Krautrock to Sonic Youth and the above.