Paul Edlin’s mystical mesmerizing postage-stamp collages will trick your eye and make your heart flutter
Born in 1931 with a profound hearing loss, Paul Edlin began taking art classes at the age of 41, studying at the Art Students League and the New School with Will Barnet and Henry Pearson. In the early 1980s he began incorporating postage stamps to make his mystical narratives and in the ’90s he began using them exclusively. Along the way his nephew Andrew began managing his career and opened a gallery in New York, Andrew Edlin, devoted to primitive and outsider art. A selection of Paul Edlin’s collages is on view there through March 15.
7DaysTheory: What is a way you got your name out there?
Brandon C. Long: As I said before, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it. I googled “The Only Magic Left is Art” around early 2009 and to my surprise there was not one single match. Not even a partial. It blew my mind that not one person had at least used the phrase or some variation of it before. Perhaps in real life, but nothing that was recorded on the internet at that time.
It was then I decided I had to get this out there. Eventually I came upon a blogging platform called Tumblr. I wondered to myself if there were other people like me, just people going through a really big hurdle or struggle in their life. Stuck in a dead-beat job wishing they could live their dreams of being an artist. Could this Manifesto affect them the same way it affected me? I knew what I had to do. So I started the blog.
Read the rest of the interview here.