Comments on: Brancaster Chronicle No. 5: John Bunker Collages http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Julia Cooper http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/#comment-307349 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:53:56 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7504#comment-307349 Chris
But everything is chosen surely? Different associations crop up too as the chosen elements, which often had previous meaning give the work new context. So the painting says many things.
Hours can be spent re assessing the many permutations. I don’t see it as a quick fix at all. Slow looking is rewarded. I really like this work.

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By: Julia Cooper http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/#comment-280158 Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:27:42 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7504#comment-280158 Thanks for the read, good stuff.

Collage is such an open ended cerebral delight.
We don’t get much snow in Fowey!

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By: chris edwick http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/#comment-273219 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:21:42 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7504#comment-273219 the essential element of collage is the “chance” nature of the found items that they are composed with. However well these chance elements are composed they can’t get beyond this look of chance which is ultimately something we’ve seen a great deal of since Picasso’s synhetic cubism and Duchamps’ plucking of a urinal out of the random chaos of cultural detritus. In painting, chance is something we’ve been exploring since Pollocks’ dribblings and post painterly colour washes through to Hirsts spin paintings…I just think its more exciting when an artist chooses rather than finds their material and particularly in painting its far more exciting when a painter chooses colour and mixes it precisely for a reason rather than endless quick, instant, unmixed tube colour paintings which are getting tedious.

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By: Sam http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/#comment-272658 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:50:57 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7504#comment-272658 I completely agree with this comment by Emyr:

“what you need is some big sledgehammer punches… for longer. There is an acceleration to finish them which is a problem. Conclusions happens a little too quickly and as a result as you run out of materials. You then start to repeat with the smaller things and the whole of your vision begins to come in and in. You start to turn inside-out the rather beautiful bits. And possibly what you need to do is start back a bit and hammer in some bigger bits.”
John may well do himself, but saying it is obviously a lot easier than making it happen!

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By: Ruth Piper http://abstractcritical.com/article/brancaster-chronicle-no-5-john-bunker-collages/#comment-272426 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:36:27 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=7504#comment-272426 I love John’s work and also think he is really good at doing what he does. Maybe too good. He could just go on and make more of the same endlessly and they would all be wonderful and desirable, but in the end not challenging enough for him or the viewer. So maybe getting down and dirty in that muddy field might be a good idea.

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