Art Review: "Stuck," April 2006

In the history of collage, Rauschenberg stands midway between the early 20th-century Cubists and the contemporary artists in this group show, which looks at the technique from a wide variety of viewpoints.

Indeed, it defines collage very loosely encompassing, everything from pasted paper and cloth to found-object assemblage, defaced photographs and shredded magazines. Forget the literal meaning of collage; in the 21st century, it seems, glue is optional.

Joel Gertler takes a conventional approach, using magazine cutouts to fashion fantastic characters in surreal settings. In a similar way, Edward J. Majewski reconfigures newspaper clippings into structurally complex amalgams of words and pictures in which fragments of information vie for attention.

Pieces of fabric and paper form the underpinnings of paintings by Mike Piergrossi and Suzanne Dell'Orto, who organized the show. In Dell'Orto's "Patterning," bits of printed sewing patterns peek out from beneath translucent layers of paint, while Piergrossi chops up his own clothing and embeds it in the painted surface, figuratively inserting himself into the picture.

Curt Ikens dispenses with adhesive altogether. His torn version of "Art Through the Ages" is a witty deconstruction of Gardner's classic art-history textbook, turning its neatly classified chronology into a free-for-all jumble of periods and style.