Daniel Voelker isn’t your typical collage artist (if there ever was such a thing). Inspired by graffiti, urban decay, and music, he experiments with various media sources which include charcoal and printmaking.
“I consider collage a language,” wrote Voelker in a piece published on Artsy Shark, “and find interest in how individual pieces come together to convey a story.”
With charcoal, Voelker developed a process that fixes the charcoal to paper so as to ensure its reliability. The drawings are then cut and arranged, layer after layer until a finished work emerges. With printmaking, on the other hand, Voelker uses ink or paint, after which he cuts and collages his prints into complex layers with intersecting lines and spaces.
In total, his collage process oscillates between quick improvisational moves and carefully planned revisions. According to Voelker, his work involves an improvisational process of placing the pieces on a board, then arranging them as he sees fit. “I rarely have a preconceived idea of what to make,” he says. “Rather, I let the pieces show me how they want to be arranged.”
The result is often striking: deformed faces formed out of cut out pieces, and a universe that’s dictated by chaos. Here are some of his more recent pieces.