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Shear Madness showcases the amazing possibilities of collage through 62 works of art assembled by 60 artists from the United States, Canada, and Switzerland. Brought together by exhibition juror Edee Joppich, the featured work has been composed by arranging and affixing different and sometimes unlikely materials to a surface. Each artist has employed an individualistic approach to this highly versatile and accessible medium to create a design, tell a story, or express an idea or emotion.
Shear Madness invites the viewer to discover, reflect, and imagine along with the participating national and international artists who have embraced the history of collage and demonstrated the medium’s vast potential for experimentation.
Many of the works can be purchased online at the Northville Art House Artisan Store.
Collage is an essential part of Ajean Ryan's artistic practice as allows for a bringing together and yet simultaneously a dismantling of imagery and form - an "ardent celebration". He has created drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations by accumulating and layering motifs, collecting and arranging bits of detritus. Using only string, debris, fabrics, and found objects, he has woven, suspended, and constructed, piece by piece, image by image, until the constructions assume a weight and strength that belie their flimsy, ephemeral materials. The work, If Still Standing, is part of his Dimensional Drawings series.