Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage

A presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike.

Words by

Rose Gallery

© KEN GRAVES | She Was Leading An Ordinary Life

Rose Gallery is pleased to present Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage, a presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike. The opening of Fragmented Lucidity will also be hosted in collaboration with Luhz Press, which is debuting with The Meaning of Gravity, the first monograph of collage works by Ken Graves.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Blind

Originating in the early 20th century, modern collage and photomontage revolutionised art by reimagining traditional forms of expression. Collage, pioneered by artists like Picasso and Braque, combined diverse materials to create abstract compositions. Photomontage, an offshoot of collage popularised by Dadaists like Hannah Höch, used cut and reassembled photographs for satirical and political commentary. These innovative styles continue influencing modern art, offering new avenues for creativity and social critique.

© KATRIEN DE BLAUWER | Commencer 82

A self-described ‘photographer without a camera’, Katrien De Blauwer constructs visual compositions utilizing recycled photographs from magazines and newspapers. She works as a neutral intermediary between the original authors of the photographs she uses and the narratives she communicates. Through reappropriation and recontextualisation, De Blauwer rejuvenates the residual, giving to life forgotten memories.

© KEN GRAVES | Left To Right - Right To Left

Ken Graves' collages reveal the wit and precision of his mind and hands. Rearranging found photographs from early to mid-twentieth century American magazines and inserting a range of materials, Graves creates surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives. His collages reconfigure the material of popular culture, unveiling the social undercurrent embedded in commercial imagery.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Say Cheese


Kensuke Koike creates surrealist compositions that are aimed to challenge the possibilities of image making. His practice centers around a ‘no more, no less’ philosophy. Koike explores ways of creating a new image from the elements of the original. While he prototypes and experiments, there is only a single chance to work with the original photograph. He notes that “I began to use archival images because I wanted to try something more challenging and to delve deeper into the meaning of an image. More risk means that I have to think twice before cutting the originals, and that is important”.

Fragmented Lucidity will be on view at ROSEGALLERY from 9 December 2023 - 13 January 2024 with an opening reception on Saturday 9 December 2023 from 2 - 5PM
LOCATION
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, B-7
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Sign up now

Join for access to all issues, articles and open calls
Already have an account? Sign in

Payment Failed

Hey there. We tried to charge your card but, something went wrong. Please update your payment method below to continue reading Artdoc Magazine.
Update Payment Method
Have a question? Contact Support

Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage

A presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike.

Words by

Rose Gallery

A presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike.
© KEN GRAVES | She Was Leading An Ordinary Life

Rose Gallery is pleased to present Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage, a presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike. The opening of Fragmented Lucidity will also be hosted in collaboration with Luhz Press, which is debuting with The Meaning of Gravity, the first monograph of collage works by Ken Graves.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Blind

Originating in the early 20th century, modern collage and photomontage revolutionised art by reimagining traditional forms of expression. Collage, pioneered by artists like Picasso and Braque, combined diverse materials to create abstract compositions. Photomontage, an offshoot of collage popularised by Dadaists like Hannah Höch, used cut and reassembled photographs for satirical and political commentary. These innovative styles continue influencing modern art, offering new avenues for creativity and social critique.

© KATRIEN DE BLAUWER | Commencer 82

A self-described ‘photographer without a camera’, Katrien De Blauwer constructs visual compositions utilizing recycled photographs from magazines and newspapers. She works as a neutral intermediary between the original authors of the photographs she uses and the narratives she communicates. Through reappropriation and recontextualisation, De Blauwer rejuvenates the residual, giving to life forgotten memories.

© KEN GRAVES | Left To Right - Right To Left

Ken Graves' collages reveal the wit and precision of his mind and hands. Rearranging found photographs from early to mid-twentieth century American magazines and inserting a range of materials, Graves creates surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives. His collages reconfigure the material of popular culture, unveiling the social undercurrent embedded in commercial imagery.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Say Cheese


Kensuke Koike creates surrealist compositions that are aimed to challenge the possibilities of image making. His practice centers around a ‘no more, no less’ philosophy. Koike explores ways of creating a new image from the elements of the original. While he prototypes and experiments, there is only a single chance to work with the original photograph. He notes that “I began to use archival images because I wanted to try something more challenging and to delve deeper into the meaning of an image. More risk means that I have to think twice before cutting the originals, and that is important”.

Fragmented Lucidity will be on view at ROSEGALLERY from 9 December 2023 - 13 January 2024 with an opening reception on Saturday 9 December 2023 from 2 - 5PM
LOCATION
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, B-7
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage

A presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike.

Words by

Rose Gallery

Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage
© KEN GRAVES | She Was Leading An Ordinary Life

Rose Gallery is pleased to present Fragmented Lucidity: The Art of Collage and Photomontage, a presentation of works by Katrien De Blauwer, Ken Graves, and Kensuke Koike. The opening of Fragmented Lucidity will also be hosted in collaboration with Luhz Press, which is debuting with The Meaning of Gravity, the first monograph of collage works by Ken Graves.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Blind

Originating in the early 20th century, modern collage and photomontage revolutionised art by reimagining traditional forms of expression. Collage, pioneered by artists like Picasso and Braque, combined diverse materials to create abstract compositions. Photomontage, an offshoot of collage popularised by Dadaists like Hannah Höch, used cut and reassembled photographs for satirical and political commentary. These innovative styles continue influencing modern art, offering new avenues for creativity and social critique.

© KATRIEN DE BLAUWER | Commencer 82

A self-described ‘photographer without a camera’, Katrien De Blauwer constructs visual compositions utilizing recycled photographs from magazines and newspapers. She works as a neutral intermediary between the original authors of the photographs she uses and the narratives she communicates. Through reappropriation and recontextualisation, De Blauwer rejuvenates the residual, giving to life forgotten memories.

© KEN GRAVES | Left To Right - Right To Left

Ken Graves' collages reveal the wit and precision of his mind and hands. Rearranging found photographs from early to mid-twentieth century American magazines and inserting a range of materials, Graves creates surreal images that open a world of interpretive narratives. His collages reconfigure the material of popular culture, unveiling the social undercurrent embedded in commercial imagery.

© KENSUKE KOIKE | Say Cheese


Kensuke Koike creates surrealist compositions that are aimed to challenge the possibilities of image making. His practice centers around a ‘no more, no less’ philosophy. Koike explores ways of creating a new image from the elements of the original. While he prototypes and experiments, there is only a single chance to work with the original photograph. He notes that “I began to use archival images because I wanted to try something more challenging and to delve deeper into the meaning of an image. More risk means that I have to think twice before cutting the originals, and that is important”.

Fragmented Lucidity will be on view at ROSEGALLERY from 9 December 2023 - 13 January 2024 with an opening reception on Saturday 9 December 2023 from 2 - 5PM
LOCATION
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, B-7
Santa Monica, CA 90404
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. View our Privacy Policy for more information.