Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Algren's Collages and the 13 Chapters
One of the most stunning discoveries we have found in the Algren archive at the OSU Library are the multiple collages that Algren created on his own. They all deal with his interests, from boxing to women (of course), to bar culture. They incorporate photos from magazines, and often text from his own writing. The attached collage is about strippers, and it brings together his writing and his real life, which were always one and the same.
The approach that we are taking to the Algren documentary incorporates Algren's collages, using them as chapter headings for his life. His life was his writing, and vice versa. He visualized his subjects, literally, even as he wrote the words that created the beautiful/ugly worlds that he inhabited. Enjoy this first teaser. More will be coming in the months to come.