Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. untitled, 2019
Snake Lipstick, 2019
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Prison Bird, 2021
Prison Bird, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Blue Parrots, 2021
Blue Parrots, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Snake Leaf, 2021
Snake Leaf, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Popcorn Park, 2019
Popcorn Park, 2019
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Hobby Horse Vines, 2021
Hobby Horse Vines, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Candle Power, 2021
Candle Power, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Cowboy Moon, 2021
Cowboy Moon, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Skull in the Trees, 2021
Skull in the Trees, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Oaxaxa Alley, 2021
Oaxaxa Alley, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Butterfly Eyes, 2021
Butterfly Eyes, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Installation view, 2021
Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Ice Cream Spiderwebs, 2021
Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021
Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021
Photo-collage by John Bowman and Jimmy Fountain. Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021
Installation view at Lump Gallery, 2021

From the Lump Gallery show description by George Jenne:

In a first time collaboration, photographer Jimmy Fountain teams up with collage artist John Bowman to create a series of wild and weird images made from excised pieces of medium format digital photos. Low key humor pervades the work, building on a compositional format that subverts our immediate expectations while honoring the mixed media gods of yore.

It works like this: John collages parts of photos that Jimmy takes. Then Jimmy rephotographs those collages and, in some instances, alters them digitally. It's a game of tit for tat, where layers of action build, while the image is increasingly galvanized into a single stratum. It's tough to tell who did what, where the cut-and-paste happened, or when it was baked into the image permanently. It is a quintessential collaboration, in that two sensibilities meld, neutralizing authorship until all that remains is a pair of artists, truly thinking as one.