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MOUNTAIN Collages.Collages cut into magazine covers.Framed magazines (coloured perspex surrounds in box frames).Dan Shipsides2014-16This work was first shown with in the Kendal Mountain Festival 2016 in the Wharehouse space in the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.This series of collages is derived from my collection of ‘vintage’ MOUNTAIN magazine. MOUNTAIN magazine was a seminal climbing and mountaineering publication which ran from the late 1960’s to the mid 1990’s. It was a particularly significant for its beautiful minimal design which was based on fantastic cover imagery and the lack of visual clutter, adverts or content info on the cover page.In cutting and making these works I acknowledge a transgression over the integrity of the original image – of which I am really in awe of. My desire was to reconfigure the seductive image of a place or event elsewhere and create something new and visually puzzling that is in the space of the viewer. The geometric cuts pay homage to the beauty of simplicity of magazine itself but also perhaps connect with a sense of poise and composition of a great climbing move or the way we might try to come to terms with the ‘epic’ through pattern and geometry. I hope my approach treats the ethic of the magazine with sincerity and effort but I can understand some annoyance in relation to the ‘revered’ images I have intervened with. I believe in an ethic of freedom and freewill and I think on some level I had become a slave to these images – through their tendency to motivate a desire to become the image – rather engage with the real. However I do admit that when slicing up the original images it often felt like there was a committing “either you do it - or you don’t” moment.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 17 Nov 2016
EventMOUNTAIN - Brewery Arts Centre / Kendal Mountain Festival 2016 Brewery Arts Centre
Duration: 17 Nov 201621 Jan 2017


  • Cross contextual research
  • Outdoor/mountaineering community and contemporary Art


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