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Work / Art

Fantastic collages made from mid-century issues of Paris Match and Playboy

Since closing his modern art gallery in 2009, Belgian artist Sammy Slabbinck has been using his extensive collection of mid-century magazines to create surreal collages. Two decades of collecting old copies of Paris Match and Playboy, as well as books and encyclopaedias, have provided him with all the material he needs in order to dream up fantastical scenes that might see a woman ironing the Alps or a highway disappearing into a pair of pursed lips. Often mixing black-and-white images with faded colour, his collages have a distinct look and feel.

Having exhibited regularly in both New York and his hometown of Bruges, a new exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery is his first show in London. The show is both online and on the top floor of the gallery.

Sammy Slabbinck is on show at Michael Hoppen Gallery until January 7.

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Sammy Slabbinck: Going Nowhere © Sammy Slabbinck

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Sammy Slabbinck: Ice, Camera, Action © Sammy Slabbinck

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Sammy Slabbinck: Creating a Galaxy © Sammy Slabbinck

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Sammy Slabbinck: Emotional Rescue © Sammy Slabbinck

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Sammy Slabbinck: Trapped © Sammy Slabbinck

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Sammy Slabbinck: Where Have You Been Hiding Lately? © Sammy Slabbinck