In advance of Sunday’s panel discussion about Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, we’re sharing “Paper Tricks,” an essay by artist and co-curator Richard Hawkins about their use of photo-collage, on The Curve. Here’s an excerpt:

As an artist who has spent a lot of time looking at, thinking about, and making my own collages, I have taken the opportunity as guest co-curator of Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland to introduce a wider and more generous selection of collages by the artists than previously has been exhibited. Some might consider these works to be minor aspects of the artists’ practices… [But] to my mind, there is no clearer representation of Mizer’s almost manic attempts to condense the joyful, celebratory chaos of his daily photo shoots down to their most selectively stupendous moments than his photo-collaged catalogue boards. 

Richard Hawkins
Matt in a Graveyard, 1995
unique iris inkjet print
35 in. x 50 in.
Courtesy of Richard Telles Fine Art

Bob Mizer
Athletic Model Guild Catalog Board, David Elliott, c.1965 
Photographs mounted to matboard and mixed media 

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