Most of the material in the collages have been found in the urban landscape.

With notable exception, the materials in the  collages have not been altered. Surfaces have not changed, no drawing, painting or color has been added or taken away, edges have not been created, sizes of pieces have not been changed. Currently, however, exceptions for shape and edge have been increasingly explored.

The collages are modest in scale because of the nature of available inventory. They are ascertainably life-size with no attempt to disguise the fact of the material.

The collages have not been made to look like something other than what they are.  Mysticism, symbolism, illusion, reference, and nostalgic reverie are not intended. Nothing is preconceived.

In this regard a comfort level has been found in the work of Vicente, Ryan, Siskind, and Nickle as compared to that of Ernst and other narrative forms of collage.

A number of collages are always in process while some are put away for a time to cool down. Some collages take months, some take years until each piece in a collage settles in to take an exact place and the collage achieves a clear feeling of rightness. The nature of materials sometimes dictate series.

Monotypes and Monoprints

The first monotype was made in 1963 after deciding to no longer produce print editions. The first monotype with collage was made in 1972. Monotypes with collage, monotypes, and monoprints all continue to be a part of current work.

Bruce Kortebein


#25, 2006  COLLAGE  8” x 8”