April Art Exhibit – Circle in a Square-by Alan Bisborth- Artists’ Reception and Talk- April 22nd, 2:00 -4:00 pm


Alan Bisbort “ROBIN’S PLANET”  photo collage  12″ x 12″   (Photo Credit: Alan Bisbort, 2017)

Alan Bisbort “COMIX CRAZY”  photo collage  12″ x 12″   (Photo Credit: Alan Bisbort, 2017)

Alan Bisbort “SURVEY VOYAGE”  photo collage  12″ x 12″   (Photo Credit: Alan Bisbort, 2017)

Alan Bisbort “THE NATURAL WORLD”  photo collage  12″ x 12″   (Photo Credit: Alan Bisbort, 2017)

Alan Bisbort

Alan Bisbort is a collage artist whose work has appeared in group and solo shows and in print and online publications.
His collages have beem featured for years in the Hartford Advocate (along with his writing on art, culture and politics), American Libraries, and Bartcop. He has taught a class in collage making at Artsplace in Cheshire, Conn.
He is also an editor and author of several books, including
White Rabbit & Other Delights:
East Totem West, A Hippie Company, 1967-1969
, and monographs on the artists Charles Bragg
and Barry Kite and the photographer Edward Curtis. He teaches two classes for OLLI at UConn-Waterbury:
“Paper Bullets: Propaganda in American History” and “Give Peace a Chance: A History of the
Antiwar Movement” and is currently working on a book about American propagandistic art.

“The mandala is a sacred symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe or the cosmos,” writes Mr. Bisbort.  “The word “mandala” is derived from the Sanskrit word for “circle.” While I feel trepidation about adapting something sacred to my own artistic purposes, I can find no other geometrical form than this “circle in a square” that speaks so eloquently without the need of thousands of words of explanation. First, the circular center of the mandala is pleasing to the human eye and comforting to the brain. Second, the square border beyond the circle is just as important, enclosing and protecting the delicate inner egg filled with imagery waiting to be hatched.

“Collage making, with or without the mandala, contains an element of wish-fulfillment. That is, the artist
is reworking pieces of reality into how he or she would like them to be or how he or she thinks they really should be seen.
People are drawn to collage perhaps because that is the way we all really look at the world, taking pieces from here and there  and trying to make coherent connections as we wander from place to place. The mandala, combined with collage, comes closest to fulfilling my own deepest wishes. Each of the collages in “Circle In A Square” is a separate planet in my imaginary solar system. When I am making mandala collages, I feel as if I am traveling through outer space, hoping to discover a new world that will have me.” 

EXHIBITION:  APRIL 4 to 30, 2017

Library & Gallery Hours: Mon 10-5 | Tue-Thu 10-8 | Fri 10-5 | Sat 10-5
 Guest Curator:  Johnes Ruta, independent curator & art theorist
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