Borders and Frontiers: Collage and Appropriation in the Contemporary Image

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Oakland University


Excerpt from essay by Dick Goody: It is paradoxical in the context of the lushness of this exhibition that the above statement, thirty years on, might appear celebratory rather than pejorative. Artists appropriate materials of their time and place, and rapidly the destiny of these “tissues of quotations” becomes the reflective and reflexive visual record of their given epoch. Borders and Frontiers presents a collection of artists that demonstrates both a specialized appetite for the digital and contemporary, yet, at the same time, a blend of quotations from an image bank of the past, and in doing so they build a bridge between historicism, the contextual present, and a conjectural tomorrow.


Catalog of an exhibition held at the Oakland University Art Gallery, March 5 – April 10, 2011. Contains essay by Dick Goody.


Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland University. College of Arts and Sciences, Exhibition catalogs, Allen, Jonathan, Anderson, Michael, Cusick, Matthew, Giobbi, Chambliss, LaChapelle, David, Rahme, George, Schorno, Holli, Tapanainen, Maritta, Wagner, Mark, Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts