WHAT ARE FOUND OBJECTS? objects of inconsequential material found justabout anywhere, with interesting origins,history, or purposes, or exhibiting elements orprinciples of design or other aesthetic qualities
WHAT IS ASSEMBLAGE ART? artistic process in whicha three-dimensionalartistic composition ismade from puttingtogether found objects artists tend to use foundobjects, fragments andbits, often everydaymanufactured materialsor junk never intendedas art materials
JOSEPH CORNELL collected and carefully juxtaposed foundobjects in small, glass-front boxes created visual poems in which surface, form,texture, and light playtogether things we can see tomake boxes about thingswe cannot see: ideas,memories, fantasies,and dreams
turned everyday objects into mysterioustreasures found materials becamesymbols that inhabit hisboxes and hint at abstractideas… metal spring froma discarded wind-up clockmay evoke the passage oftime; a ball might representa planet or the luckassociated with playinga game
LOUISE NEVELSON collected and carefully juxtaposed foundobjects in boxes of various sizes used cast-off wood parts and actual streetthrowaways
control and preciseplacement of partsachieved balance andstructure incorporated a variety offorms and united thepiece withmonochromatic spraypaint shadow as important ascomposition
WHAT YOU’LL DO: combine the styles ofJoseph Cornell and LouiseNevelson to make your ownfound object symbolicmemory box use found objects thathave meaning to you –either literal or symbolic plan how these objectswill be placed into thebox and the meaning ofthese objects and
WHAT YOU’LL DO: assemble them into and/oronto a box…plan yourarrangement then hot glue,tie, staple, wire, etc. theobjects to the box paint the memory box in amonochromatic colorscheme write an artist’s statementabout the final piece and themeaning and/or symbolismbehind it
ART TERMS Assemblage - technique of creating asculpture by joining together individualpieces or segments, sometimes “found”objects that originally served anotherpurpose. Composition - organization of lines, shapes,colors and other elements in a work of art. Found Object Art - designing somethingdisplayed as a work of art that is actually anatural object or ordinary manmade articlefound by chance, but considered to haveaesthetic value.
ART TERMS Monochromatic - having one color…descriptiveof work in which one hue-perhaps withvariations of value and intensity predominates. Relief - anything that projects from abackground; in sculpture, that includes figuresor other forms that are attached to abackground and project into space. Unity - coherent relationship among the parts orelements of a work of art. Variety - state or quality of being various; theabsence of monotony or sameness in anartwork.
TIPS: think of a theme or overall meaning andintent of your memory box if you don’t have enough found objects toconvey your theme, keep seeking outmore – ask friends, family, clean outdrawers, etc. consider repeating objects, shapes,forms and textures layer your objects for more depth
REQUIREMENTS: use at least 10 of your own foundobjects use your own found or made box sketch and plan a theme andcomposition write an artist statement about the piece