The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Russell Prince

Received November 1, 2011
Born 1962, Fort Worth; lives in Houston

Figure 58. Russell Prince, Oracle, 2013

Collage (paper on paperboard), 8½" × 11"

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Zeen Marketing

Q What compelled you to start making collages in 1996?

A I’ve strolled antique shops and picked through junk stores since I was a teen. On occasion, I’d discover a cache of papers—old letters, sheet music, family photos, pamphlets, bills, menus, a scrap of wallpaper—it’s amazing the remnants that people hold onto. At some point, I decided to use such materials in collages, but it wasn’t until ’96 that I put desire into action.

Q What role does chance play in your work?

A I try not to overthink my compositions, allowing some spontaneity while working, but the final placement of elements and the adhesive process is rather controlled. And yet, serendipitous results may occur.

Q I see formal affinities with the collages of Kurt Schwitters. What did you think of Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage at the Menil Collection (2010–11)?

A My first collages were symmetrical. Later, they became biomorphic—I considered the shapes of Joan Miró and the work of Keith Haring. I would say a collage by Hannah Höch was my first direct influence—I began to work with irregular blocks of color in a more random way. Of course, I was aware of Schwitters’s art and intrigued by it, so who can say what was going on in my subconscious? I had never seen a Schwitters collage (outside of a book) until I moved to Houston in 1998 and discovered two of them at the Menil Collection. They were small but radiant, and I wanted to see more. I was thrilled when the Color and Collage show was unveiled in 2010. After viewing it—an exciting and extensive display of work—I thought that those two small collages which I first viewed in ’98 were among the most appealing work in the exhibit.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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