Friday, April 13, 2012

Felipe Jesus Consalvos: Material Culture

I've written about the fabulous collage work of Felipe Jesus Consalvos here before, four times in 2008, but not recently. I was reminded of his work by a two-page advertisement in this months Art in America. Material Culture is auctioning off three pieces by Consalvos: a collage titled "Young America," a decorated guitar, and the fabulous octagonal piece (front and back pictured above). Their inaugural auction, "New World Orders: Art Furnishings, Collectables, Decorative Arts" will be held in Philadelphia (home of the Fleisher-Ollman Gallery which represents the artist's estate) on May 5, 2012.

The jester says: "Do Not Storm the System." Indeed.  He's standing on the Ten of Clubs, and under that are the words: "Normal Academy." I love the background pattern. The title for this piece is "Medicinal Torpedoes Tabletop" and it is dated circa 1920/50.

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