Jim Jarmusch, the guy in the picture, one of Lee Marvin’s sons, is a legend. I’m gonna assume you already know that because you watched all his movies.
Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down By Law (1986), Dead Man (1999), Broken Flowers (2005) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) are all movies by Jim that you’d definitely know because you’re a culture vulture, but did you have any idea that he made collages? He’s been at it for decades, apparently, but he’s only just showing them now in a new book called Some Collages.
Here’s the blurb: Drawing inspiration from the largest medium of cultural documentation—newspapers—Jarmusch delicately crafts each work by layering newsprints on cardstock. Doppelgänger Andy Warhols are posed in a vast tunnel not unlike the depths of the Large Hadron Collider, Patty Hearst’s mugshots drift across Edwardian portraits, and a man’s identity is disguised with a coyote’s head: maybe he was a celebrity, politician, perp, or all three. In Some Collages, these small-scale (notecard-size) pieces not only pay homage to the documentation medium but are a reminder of how even mundane images can be reconfigured into work that is alternatively funny, scary and strange.
I one time saw Jim Jarmusch walking down the street in Nolita. I was like, ‘Oh, shit! There goes Jim Jarmusch!’ True story. Some Collages is being published by Anthology Editions and will be available September this year!