Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

Tag Archives: decollage

Smooth just got smooth

smooth just got smooth

(Photographed recently in Wolverhampton)

“Soon, collage will be performed without scissors, razor blades, paste etc … Leaving behind the tables and portfolios of artists, it will take its place on the walls of cities, an infinite field for the production of poetry. Never before has the popular saying which suggests that poets can ‘eat bricks’ [or ‘live on thin air’ – Trans.] acquired the concrete meaning which knowledge of poetry’s lithophagous power can bring. No longer is it possible to believe that the one and only goal of the awful, solitary, sanctimonious and interchangeable poster artists is to exalt the virtues of this or that commercial product … With or without the consent of these people, the posters that have fallen asleep on their feet will awaken and poetry will devour the walls.”

Léo Malet, 1942, quoted in Ralph Rumney, The Consul

Northern decollage

From a black and white print made from a lost colour slide, Leeds, 1971

God’s kitchen

Defaced poster, Wolverhampton, 2001

second hand danger

photos taken in Wolverhampton in 2001