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Marcel Mariën (1920 - 1993)

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L´introuvable (1937) - Marcel Marien
L´introuvable depicts a pair of glasses with only one glass.


Marcel Mariën (1920 - 1993) was a Belgian surrealist, (later situationist), poet, essayist , photographer, filmmaker*, and maker of objects. Initiator of étrécissements. Wrote the first monograph on René Magritte.--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Mari%EBn [Jul 2004]


Surrealism has made extensive use of the collage. Cubomania is a collage made by cutting an image into regular squares which are then reassembled automatically or at random. Inimage is a name given by René Passerson to what is usually considered a style of surrealist collage (though it perhaps qualifies instead as a decollage) in which parts are cut away from an existing image to "reveal" another. Collages produced using a similar or perhaps identical method are called etrécissements by Richard Genovese from a method first explored by Marcel Mariën. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collage [Mar 2005]

see also: collage - surrealism


Decollage, in art, is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image. Examples include inimage or etrécissements and excavations. A similar technique (though it is often or usually not intended to be artistic in nature) is the lacerated poster.

It can be argued that the depliage is a form of decollage, as it is made by initially removing the staples from a staple-bound magazine (see depliage). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decollage [Mar 2005]

see also: collage - surrealism


(Marcel Marien, Belgium, 1959) This Belgian surrealist work consists of two films, one commenting on the other, concerning a young man with a crucifixion complex. Imagining crosses everywhere, he even cuts his fried potatoes in the shape of a cross. Unable to buy a large cross, he settles for sixty francs worth of small ones, which he carries of in a paper bag. When the cross he finds to crucify himself on proves too small, a kindly priest volunteers to nail his feed to the floor. - J.H. Matthews, Surrealism and Film, 1971

Surrealism and Cinema [...]

Les Lèvres nues, Marcel Mariën, Belgian surrealism

L´introuvable (1937) - Marcel Marien

Paul Nougé - Works Selected by Marcel Mariën
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The texts in this volume by the leader of the Belgian section of the Surrealist movement were selected by his old friend and co-conspirator Marcel Mariën a few months before the latter’s recent death. Mariën, however, was more than just a colleague of Nougé’s, most of Nougé’s writings first saw print in Mariën’s magazine Les Lèvres nues (12 issues between 1954 and 1958) and later appeared in books bearing the same publishing imprint. Mariën’s selection was hardly representative! - no theoretical or political texts, and only one poem. His introduction stresses Nougé’s predeliction for re-writing other authors’ works (as exemplified in the longest text included here), a form of plagiarism promoted by the Situationists as détournement, and the writings of Debord, Wolman et al., including their essay on this particular method, also made their first appearances in the pages of Les Lèvres nues. --http://www.atlaspress.co.uk/index.cgi?action=view_printed_head&number=8&series=3 [Mar 2005]

see also: Marcel Mariën - surrealism

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