I recently realized that there was a specific catalyst for my journey into collage; Just Kids by Patti Smith. I read this the same summer I was grounded for 3 months and the contrast between my sequestered suburban, 2010s life and the nitty gritty of 1960s and 70s NYC was invigorating. I found the relationship between Patti and Robert fascinating and wanted to capture all the themes they were exploring in my work. I remember alot of the art the two of them would make in their early 20s was a direct response to their upbringing and these ideas infiltrated my early work. While I didn't exactly relate to Patti and Robert, I wanted to.
But then I saw this video from the 1970s. Now I like the later part of this interview when Patti talks about the Doors, breaking on through to the other side, and how thats essentially life on earth. But Patti says alot of cringey shit at the beginning of this interview and her attitude here, compared to later in her life, I think is a perfect example of how systems use "rebellion" to institute control.
Carl Panzaram (°1995, Denver, United States) makes conceptual artworks and mixed media artworks. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Panzaram considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.
His conceptual artworks are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By questioning the concept of movement, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
His works isolate the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. By focusing on techniques and materials, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
His works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Carl Panzaram currently lives and works in DC.