Felipe Jesús Consalvos. Curious Traditional Observations, c. 1920–50. Mixed media collage on photograph 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.
b. 1891, Cuba. Lived and worked in Miami, New York and Philadelphia
“His obsessive body of work—approximately 750 surviving collages on paper, found photographs, musical instruments, furniture, and other unexpected surfaces, all discovered in 1980 at a West Philadelphia garage sale—merges the biting socio-political satire and absurdist impulse of Dadaists like Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst with the abstruse mysticism of Joseph Cornell and Jess. Consalvos likewise parallels and prefigures certain contemporaneous developments in Surrealist, Futurist, and Pop collage, design, and even poetry. By highlighting his multifaceted approach to collage as sculpture, literature, revolution, and worship, we intend to rethread a stray strand, to tie a keen eye to its more famous confederates and include a forgotten voice within the context of the development of 20th-century American art.”
Felipe Jesús Consalvos is probably the first artist to sample a can of Campbell’s soup.