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STRAUSS'S WALTZ original paper collage


STRAUSS'S WALTZ original paper collage

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Vintage papers are compiled together as a measure of time and texture. These colorful stacks are displayed in repetition in a shadowbox to suggest an abstract interpretation of the specimen cabinet, the first architectural abstract piece I've created in two decades. The idea for the piece was to create a work of art that spoke to the interactions and intersections of civilization and nature. Paper from magazines and books, being made in a civilized world, begins to break down when acted upon by the forces of nature. This sculptural work speaks to the beautiful forms that are created during this process of natural erosion.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 50" H x 50" W (framed)
  • Frame: wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back

The Process

Over the past few years, I have collected these smaller pieces of paper, most from the edges of the street, under an old desk in an abandoned house, behind a cabinet in an old warehouse. Many of them have been distressed by age, wind, water, sand, salt, being chewed on by insects, mice, you name it. After witnessing how nature has acted on these papers, I decided to assist in the process and do some of my own aging, adding to the process. Some papers were left in a creek, some taken out into the desert to be blown by the sand and wind for weeks, and some papers I placed in my own hands and ground down with sand and grit. Each stack contains about 20-25 pieces of paper, and each one tells an individual story: the closer you get, the more little details begin to pop out and become apparent. Even though the paper is man made and comes from the civilized world, the collected and distressed paper stacks have a greater likeness to lichen, agates, and other elements found in the natural world.

Understanding Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces while others are reiterations of a recurring theme, denoted as Limited Series throughout the site.

Each piece in a Limited Series is created with a inimitable collection of found materials so that no two are exactly alike. Iterations will vary slightly in color, pattern, typography and frame; each is crafted in a limited quantity and without a predetermined edition numbering.