While debating in my head what recent musical find to showcase today, I was ushered into this Tumblr site by an unknown force (probably related tags). I have always been a huge fan of collages, even in my pre-hipster days. Inner city kids stay inside during howling inclement weather and entertain themselves by building two-dimensional babies in carriages with yarn, glue, and buttons, right? And what child doesn’t give their mother at least one macaroni Mothers’ Day card? As a high schooler, back when burned CD’s were the newest big thing, I myself used to sheath my compilations in elaborate mixed media works of art, bent and warped to fit the compact disc insert size and shape. I even have a good friend that has an excellent portfolio of collages that he has created both with Photoshop and in IRL. All told, though, I do believe that Bryan Olson’s “Glass Planet” Tumblr has us all easily beaten.
Retro photography and art collide in several pieces featured on the blog, each montage carefully juxtaposed in order to best bring out both the stark contrast and the symbiosis of suburban sprawl and of raw, untamed nature. Old world science and mathematics rear their non-user friendly heads in very public settings. Reading Rainbow makes its presence known in the exotic, remote rainforests of Laos and Cambodia. Citizens shop for life-sized power geometry in Dark Age open air markets, and Arthur C. Clarke’s monolith evolves into a space age inkjet, relaying to us unschooled meatbags the graphics of a brave new world. All this and more can be found at “Glass Planet”, a Tumblr devoted to the artistic exploits of Bryan Olson, every hipster’s newest favorite collage artist. Do tha right thing, and check out this intrepid artistic explorer’s full site here as well. I particularly love his “Ultrastructures” series that follows: