THE ORIGINAL ART OF LAYERING
experimenting with collage. Instead of sketching each element onto their canvases, the pair added actual pieces of newspaper and wallpaper, taking the real world and integrating it into their art. “It changes the picture plane, it changes ideas about realism, it changes everything,” explains Bruce Grenville, co-curator of MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, an exhibition tracing the art movement now known as “mashup”: think collage, assemblage, remix, or montage. “That moment was the starting point for the exhibition,” says Grenville. The ambitious show—which is the product of a collaboration among over 30 contributing curators—covers four floors of the Vancouver Art Galley, examining the way mashup art evolved as new technologies arose, culminating with the digital culture we live in today. MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture is on view until June 12, 2016 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. For the full interview with Bruce Grenville, visit sstylemag.com.