When I work, I never throw away the scraps of painted or specialty paper. I have boxes of trimmings and the detritus of my efforts while making paper sculpture and collage.
IMG_0753I am the paper garbage collector and hoarder. I have large inventories of cut paper feathers, leaves, flowers, pots&pans, weavings and various shapes, some painted and some unpainted. I cut and paint way more than I need for projects and I select and assemble from these inventories.

The Andrew Charles Gallery asked if I might have something that would fit the theme of their next show, which was, “False Faces.” In the past I had done two series of paper sculpture/collage images called, “Faces From the Past” and “Painted Faces,” both based on my friendship with Ben Black Elk, who had a fabulous, lined, and wrinkled face.
Ben Black Elk for Website

I said that I could get one done for the show, but I produced four finished faces and pieces and parts for several more. I clawed my way, picked&sorted, cut&snipped, pushed&pulled, fitted&fiddled, and foundmyway through boxes of visual trash, some 20 years old.IMG_0743

There were so many options that it took longer to assemble the faces than I thought it would. The fantastic, visual scraps covered every table in my studio and eventually were all over the floor. I was on a high and in a rush because Robert Reitz had to have a month to fit me into his framing schedule and build the shadow boxes.

This was pure, unplanned, graphic fun. I finally produced four, dynamic, lick and stick, collage/paper sculptures, and I’m going to continue to produce a few more fantasy faces, that I’ll spring on you in the future.

There is a closing party at the Andrew Charles Gallery on Thurs., Nov., 6th from 5 to 8pm…

Thanks for visiting me.

leo f. monahan

P.S. The Weaverville Art Safari is this weekend. Come by and see some sketches I’ve been working on. They’re 9×12, unframed, $75.


Also, the next level two Unexpected Image class is Sat. Nov. 8th from 11:30am to 5:00pm… This is a continuation of collage composition, focusing on making masks to go along with the “False Faces” theme at the Andrew Charles Gallery. Call 828.989.0111 to register. There are four spaces left.

Back to The Classroom

Hello Collage Fans…

I am so pleased when I learn more from my classes than the students do…Yesterday’s “Level I, Unexpected Image, Introduction to Collage” class, held at the Andrew Charles Gallery, was one such success… The participants’ work results and enthusiasm were both outstanding.

The majority signed on for the second in the series of three increasingly advanced classes, that lead to the fourth, a two-day class, Paper Sculpture or “Collage in Dimension”…

Previous students who have taken the first class can also take the second, which comes up on Saturday, Nov. 8th, from 11:30am to 5pm, at the Andrew Charles Gallery in Woodfin. Pizza will be provided for lunch.

To register, call the gallery at 828-989-0111. If you’re interested in Level II, and have not taken Level I, let Carl at the gallery know so we can see about putting together another Level I class.

October 18, 2014 Unexpected Image Level I Andrew Charles Gallery

As a reminder here is what is covered in each class:

Level I — Bold Structure and Basic Design Principles, including Color

Level II — Composition and Color with the theme of ‘Masks’ to coincide with the False Faces exhibit at the Andrew Charles Gallery (Nov 8)

Level III — Storytelling, Composition (continued) and more Color. Also an introduction to Assemblage, or Found Object Art (Nov 29)

Level IV — Two-part Paper Sculpture, or “Collage in Dimension” (Dec 13 and Dec 20)