Saturday, March 5, 2011

Found Art / " Poubellisme", Ready/Made

The term found art—more commonly found object (French: objet trouvĂ©) or readymade—describes art created from the undisguised, but often modified, use of objects that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function. Marcel Duchamp was the originator of this in the early 20th century.
Found art derives its identity as art from the designation placed upon it by the artist. The context into which it is placed (e.g. a gallery or museum) is usually also a highly relevant factor. The idea of dignifying commonplace objects in this way was originally a shocking challenge to the accepted distinction between what was considered art as opposed to not art. Although it may now be accepted in the art world as a viable practice, it continues to arouse questioning, as with the Tate Gallery's Turner Prize exhibition of Tracey Emin's My Bed, which consisted literally of her unmade and dishevelled bed. In this sense the artist gives the audience time and a stage to contemplate an object. Appreciation of found art in this way can prompt philosophical reflection in the observer.
Found art, however, has to have the artist's input, at the very least an idea about it, i.e. the artist's designation of the object as art, which is nearly always reinforced with a title. There is mostly also some degree of modification of the object, although not to the extent that it cannot be recognised. The modification may lead to it being designated a "modified", "interpreted" or "adapted" found object

The most prominent example of Duchamp's association with Dada was his submission of Fountain, a urinal, to the Society of Independent Artists exhibit in 1917. Artworks in the Independent Artists shows were not selected by jury, and all pieces submitted were displayed. However, the show committee insisted that Fountain was not art, and rejected it from the show. This caused an uproar amongst the Dadaists, and led Duchamp to resign from the board of the Independent Artists

Joseph Cornell Untitled (Dieppe) c. 1958,
 Museum of Modern Art, (New York City)


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Creative Process...

The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a drug; it is a particular state when everything happens very quickly, a mixture of consciousness and unconsciousness, of fear and pleasure; it’s a little like making love, the physical act of love.Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon so eloquently expressed the pure joy it is to create and all the elements necessary for it to happen. I also like to add using materials/objects that have a starting point of zero enhances the process.  It is a magical, almost Zen - like state of mind that I'm in when the objects, thoughts and Visions are forged into a work of art. It dosent always happen, nor can it be forced. 
The Atelier of Assemblage has been on fire lately with restored and new works being completed at a steady rate.
See Lehighton Letters at John F. Germany Public Library in Downtown Tampa. Feb. 14th - April 15th, 2011.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Abstract art is only painting. And what’s so dramatic about that? There is no abstract art. One must always begin with something. Afterwards one can remove all semblance of reality; there is no longer any danger as the idea of the object has left an indelible imprint. It is the object which aroused the artist, stimulated his ideas and set of his emotions. These ideas and emotions will be imprisoned in his work for good… …You cannot go against nature. She is stronger than the strongest of men. We can permit ourselves some liberties, but in details only.
Pablo Picasso

I just wanted to share some profound quotes from one of my favorite found/object artists and I appreciate how it relates to my vision as well. One must realize that when I began my journey as an artist I never had a clue what has been who?.....much less  why? That's why it's always refreshing to hear words and thoughts from these icons of art.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Grant Wood’s American Gothic caused a stir in 1930 when it was exhibited for the first time at The Art Institute of Chicago and awarded a prize of 300 dollars. Newspapers across the country carried the story, and the painting of a farm couple posed before a white house brought the artist instant fame. The Iowa native, then in his late 30s, was enchanted by a cottage he had seen in the small southern Iowa town of Eldon. Its Gothic Revival style, indicated by the upper window designed to resemble a medieval pointed arch, inspired the painting’s title. He asked his dentist and his sister Nan to pose as a farmer and his unmarried daughter. The highly detailed style and rigid frontal arrangement of the figures were inspired by Northern Renaissance art, which the artist studied during three trips to Europe. After returning to Iowa, he became increasingly appreciative of the traditions of the Midwest, which he also celebrated in works such as this.
American Gothic remains one of the most famous paintings in the history of American art. It is a primary example of Regionalism, a movement that aggressively opposed European abstract art, preferring depictions of rural American subjects rendered in a representational style. The painting has become part of American popular culture, and the couple has been the subject of endless parodies. Some believe that Wood used this painting to satirize the narrow-mindedness and repression that has been said to characterize Midwestern culture, an accusation he denied. The painting may also be read as a glorification of the moral virtue of rural America or even as an ambiguous mixture of praise and satire.

'Amercan Post Apocalyptic' - 2011- 59" x 66" 58"

'American Post Apocalyptic' is my sculptural response to Grant Wood's American Gothic painting.
Nestled happily in shopping carts, my charactars are wedged amongst the numerous objects that dictate the lifestyle that includes mass consumption and all the perils included. Keeping it stark, whimsical and bright I try to lure the viewer into believing the spend and dicard system is not so glamourous but a pile of contradictions. These two carts are being restored and repainted to become more poratable tableaux works to add to the collection. I really enjoy creating works that relflect ealier art works and Western Culture at its finest or better yet, at its Worst!
This work should be completed in a couple of weeks and to see them worked on Live go to

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Steaming Live from Atelier of Assemblage/New Exhibition!

Streaming Live Music/Video from the Atelier of Assemblage.
It has been quite an oddity with a webcam in my studio constantly preering into my world.
The more it is on , the more use to it I have become.
The Atelier of Assemblage has been quite prolific in pumping out New Works including more Lehighton Letters. The Post Apocalyptic Fossil Factory has some New Exciting Works Coming and I cant wait until We see what is rolled out from the studio.
See my Lehighton Letters Exhibition at John F. Germany Main Library in
Tampa, FL. from Feb. 15 - April 15th, 2011.
We will showing 20 works in 5 languages spelling R-E-A-D, A-R-T and B-O-O-K-S!  
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See you there!