For this final exhibition of 2012, Maxwell Colette Gallery has paired two artists whose work explores the use of collage as a catalyst for the revitalization of discarded visuals and the repurposing of previously disseminated information. Sometimes surprising, funny or provocative, the calculated incongruities exhibited in these works forge a new relationship with the ordinary as fragmented forms collide into fresh points of view.
California-based Fred One Litch presents meticulously crafted, precisely cut-and-pasted paper collages fabricated from his vast personal accumulation of vintage books, magazines and paper detritus. More Power finds Litch ”focusing on the individual and the innate power within to overcome the banality of the image.” The intimately scaled collages are the artist’s attempt “to press pause” from the onslaught of visual imagery incurred in daily life “and offer up a chance for the viewer to draw the conclusion as to the exact meaning.” Formerly a painter, but now working solely with collage and mixed media, he attempts to make sense of the collected paper he accumulates. He is married with two small children and maintains a home studio in La Verne, CA.