An artist from Charleston, South Carolina has developed a special collage technique and has been sharing it with the Richmond County community.
Carl Crawford is taking up a week-long residency at the Arts Council this week while he teaches students, teachers and the general public how he creates artwork out of magazine clippings that look painted. The Arts Council collected over 300 magazines, and spent many hours sifting through the pages to tear out purples, oranges, yellows, reds, blues, greens and blacks.
“Orange and purple are the hardest to find,” said Crawford. “The rest is cake.”
On a piece of Plexiglass the artist drew out his image for a work of art with a sharpie. The image depicts the outlines of musicians, instruments, dancers and floating music. From the front, the work of art will be constructed from pieces of magazine print that fit together like puzzle-pieces, and flow together like oil paint. From the back of the piece, you will be able to tell that it is made of magazine pages.
While all of Crawford’s pieces fit that description, some of them are framed with lights inside, and glow like spotlights onto the stage of the dancers and musicians that give his pieces a jazz vibe.
The Arts Council will host a reception on Thursday at 5 p.m. that is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and people will have an opportunity to meet the artist. Crawford has committed himself to take part in one art show a week until October, all over North Carolina.
“So we are glad to have him here with us,” said Arts Richmond Executive Director Laura Daskal.
At the reception, people can view the community art piece that will be on permanent display at the Arts Council. The work is a collaboration of effort from students, community members and Crawford himself.
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