Star BlackNew York, NY
My collages are incidental and accidental dreamscapes, and meditations on retrieval, conservation and recyling. They combine my experience as a photographer and a poet. I became interested in discarded books and photos found in small town antique shops and flea markets and began accumulating "elements" by collecting old books and much enjoying the visual pages they contained. I was most drawn to the early print process and illustrations from 1870 through 1905 and, as a photographer, the multiple gradations of color between "black" and "white". Initially, I worked within the beige-brown monochromes of black and white photos made in the 1920's and 1930's, seeking to reveal the plentiful tones that occurred within this limit. But then, I became more drawn to the early-morning or late-afternoon colors accomplished by dense photographic films such as Kodachrome 24 and 64, pioneered by the photographer Ernst Haas in the early 60's and continued today by Alex Webb. Mostly collages allow me to combine two arts. Like a poem, they are formal and, in their making, consist of minute challenges and odd decisions. To quote John Ashbery's playful "More of the Same": "Try to avoid the pattern that has been avoided/ the avoidence pattern" And collages allow me to extend photography beyond a two-dimensional print surface into assemblage.
Star Black's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Star Black: The Collaged Accordion