Jim Jarmusch is obsessed with newspapers
What appeals to you about newsprint as a medium?
Jim Jarmusch: I remember when I was a kid I got a microscope for my birthday. The first thing I examined through his lenses was a small piece of torn newspaper. I was amazed. Instead of a single solid sheet-like material, it was actually a tangled mass of threadlike fibers, a chaotic jungle of microscopic pulp. Fascinated, I then checked out other types of papers, and a few fabrics, which were also interesting and even unexpected, but nothing was quite like the texture of newsprint. Since then, the fragility and inherently temporary nature of this particular, and now almost obsolete, material has attracted me.
And the collage?
NOT A WORD : For years I have been building these very minimal little collages. I only use newsprint for their sources, and most only involve removing and / or replacing heads, perhaps the most minimal way to rearrange visual information. Faces and heads become masks for me, and I can change or change identity, details and even species. The reproduction on newsprint of a drawn or painted head can replace a photographic head, or vice versa. I never use sharp tools, like scissors or X-Acto knives, always preferring rougher, partially torn edges. This preserves that particular texture that I first observed with my little microscope.
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