Cut It: Collage to Meme

‘Cut It’ contemplates our voracious consumption of images, to show how artists have redeployed the meaning of images through the enduring techniques of collage, montage and sampling. Using the lenses of news reporting and entertainment media, the artworks are cropped and altered pictures from newspapers, popular movies, the internet and art history, bringing together disparate images to express new ideas.

Collage is often used as a political gesture to question the values advocated by the images’ original sources and contexts. In a contemporary moment, flooded with visual information, the featured artists ask which images, if any, can still be considered sacred. ‘Cut it’ looks to the way that artists reimagine the iconography we consume as part of a larger effort to rethink social structures.

‘Cut It’ features works by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, video montage by Tracey Moffatt and self-portraiture by Cindy Sherman.

This exhibition was curated to accompany the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF 2020).

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Richard Hamilton, England 1922-2011 / Fashion-plate 1969-70 / Photo-offset lithograph, collage, screenprint and pochoir, retouched with cosmetics on wove paper / 75 x 60.3cm (comp.) / Purchased 1985 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © © R Hamilton. All Rights Reserved/DACS/Copyright Agency

Andy Warhol, United States 1928-87 / (Untitled) (from ‘Ladies and gentlemen’ portfolio) 1975 / Screenprint and photo-screenprint on paper / 82 x 68cm (irreg., comp.) / Purchased 1995 with funds from the 1994 International Exhibitions Program / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc./ARS/Copyright Agency.

Mona Hatoum, Lebanon/England b.1952 / So much I want to say 1985 / Videotape: 5 minutes, black and white, mono / The James C. Sourris AM Collection. Purchased 1999 with funds from James C. Sourris through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Mona Hatoum.