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Collage Process
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In an effort to share, explore and expand upon the myriad studio practices found here at ISACA, please consider using this forum to post images and descriptions of the process you use to create your…Continue

Tags: virtual, subtractive, additive, process

Started this discussion. Last reply by ken coleman Mar 17, 2013.

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Todd Bartel left a comment for Michele Maserjian
"Welcome Michele, Do you have a website, or do you plan to upload examples of your work? I am curious to see what you create! Cheers,"
Nov 22, 2014
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Todd Bartel left a comment for Joan Schulze
"Beautiful work Joan,  welcome to ISACA. Looking forward to seeing more of what you do! best, todd bartel"
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"Welcome Michelle! It's great to see you here! A good number of artists in the Collage at 100 show were discoveries I made came from ISACA! Looking forward to see what you post! --todd"
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"Thanks so much Todd! I look forward to being more active here on the site and getting to know everyone's work and exchanging ideas and feedback. Appreciate the kind words."
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"Just beautiful!"
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June 20, 2013 to August 2, 2013 10 - August  2, 2013  Works by Jose ph Cor nell, Romare  Bearden, James Rosenquist, Mike Glier, Ray Johnson, Julie Speed, Dan Rizzie, Michael Oatman, Todd Bartel and many more Join us for a cocktail reception: Thursday, June 20th from 5 – 8pmRSVP to Betsy Maloney, (212) 628-9760    For further information contact: Alexandra Polemis, …See More
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"thanks to your Blog!"
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"Welcome David! So glad to see you on ISACA! It's about time!"
Mar 22, 2013
ken coleman replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"Interesting comments on the discussion you link to, Liz. The thread looks like it is from 2006 so I wonder if there  any more current reactions to YES.  Or, if it's been reformulated since then."
Mar 17, 2013
Liz Vaughn replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"I appreciate all this info/ideas! My assemblage was mounted on a very stiff piece of black foamcore and that substrate is doing fine. It's the cardstock that waved. Although a lot of the materials I use are not archival, though I wish they…"
Mar 17, 2013
Todd Bartel replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"Great process Ken, Thanks for suggesting it. You remind me that one good way to do this is to put a layer or two of Gel medium on a cleaned piece of glass, being sure to get the Gel medium will past the perimeter of any would-be piece of paper…"
Mar 17, 2013
ken coleman replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"  Great info, Todd. Another approach using  gel medium is to coat the back of the piece to be added to the collage, then hold it flat until it dries to just a tacky surface. This does not take long at all. Then put it in a carrier…"
Mar 17, 2013
Todd Bartel replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"Hi Liz, Unwanted waviness(!); what to do?  The real culprit here is H2O. One reason YES! glue can be effective as an adhesive is that you control how much water is used in making a glue solution, less water, less curl and wave. Still, some…"
Mar 17, 2013
ken coleman replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"Yes, I do have refill bottles ( .5 ounce with dropper cap) and 1 ounce bottles with applicator top. The refill ink is a bit thicker. On another forum there is a discussion of glues and YES! glue has been mentioned a couple of times as an adhesive…"
Mar 17, 2013
Liz Vaughn replied to Todd Bartel's discussion Collage Process
"Gel medium, it looked so yummy...but it made my paper wavy and it very much wanted to be flat for this background. I'm stopped dead in my tracks. Should have done a test. I did try piling heavy things on it once it had dried a little, but the…"
Mar 16, 2013

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What kind of art do you do?
Collage, Assemblage, Conceptual Art, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media—ready to incorporate any technique
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What is the guiding principle in your art?
The history of collage and the history of landscape painting are the same story.

Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and also studied in Rome as part of RISD’s European Honors Program between1984-1985.  He achieved his MFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1990, Bartel was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.) and in 2000, he was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in support of the continuation of his drawing series, “Garden Studies” and related “Terra Reverentia” series. Bartel has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Manhattanville College and Bridgeport University. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lectured at the Alfred University, Chatham College, Western Connecticut State University and the New England Teaching Conference, among others. Currently, Bartel teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA. Bartel is a founder and the Director of the Cambridge School’s Thompson Gallery, a teaching gallery dedicated thematic inquiry, and “IS” a proposal-based installation gallery. 

Todd Bartel is a dedicated collage artist. His work assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.

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Strange Glue (Collage & Installation) Catalog Now Available at

Dear collageheads,

I am very pleased to tell you that the third catalog, Strange Glue (Collage & Installation) is now available at The cost of the publication is $35 before shipping. 
Here is the link to find the catalog on Lulu's…

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 7:58pm

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At 9:12am on June 20, 2013, Dick Allowatt said…

Thanks so much Todd! I look forward to being more active here on the site and getting to know everyone's work and exchanging ideas and feedback. Appreciate the kind words.

At 2:48pm on March 22, 2013, W. David Powell said…

thanks to your Blog!

At 12:51pm on March 14, 2013, Kathie Vezzani said…

No digital imaging. These pieces are very hard to photograph. There are three layers that you "see" as you look at the piece. I used paper, a transparency of the girl and a piece of mica.

At 11:06pm on March 13, 2013, Kathie Vezzani said…

I do, Todd,  if you click on the photo you will see the title for each. 

At 9:15pm on November 17, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Todd, I'm very inspired by your work which I've now had some time to explore...the relationship with nature, and the commitment to collage and assemblage (which is nature itself) and also the ultimate recycler..something you recognized as your calling early in your career. You've given me inspiration, and confidence.  LS

At 9:57am on October 28, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

See if this comes through.  If not, put I Shock Myself in a search'll also find lots of images.  LS

At 10:57pm on October 27, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Love the reference to Duchamp...In my former life edited the autobio of ceramicist Beatrice Wood, I Shock Myself.  She was one of his lovers, and her work was  influenced by fact, she had a piece at the 1912 NY Armory Show (which is getting some recent attention).  Duchamp was the first to bring pure function into the definition of art... LS

At 8:54pm on October 27, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Thanks Todd.  Yes, modularity is a form of collage.  Thanks for seeing that!  LS

At 6:17pm on September 17, 2012, Stephen Mead said…

Thank you for going above and beyond as a curator, artist and teacher, not only going through the rigors of the selection process, but then putting together a book of "Strange Glue", and even a virtual exhibition of those who didn't make the physical space,
Your energy must be boundless!

At 5:00am on July 14, 2012, ken coleman said…

Great! I'm looking forward to it.



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