Archive for the ‘Assemblage’ Category

Assemblage: How much or How Little?

April 9, 2012

Assemblage has no rules, but there is an interesting challenge that artists set themselves. Just how much variety can be included in a piece? And then, the greater challenge, with how few elements can I create a work?

This the How Much one. It includes a styrofoam box, paper napkins, a shell cluster grown on tree roots (from the hurricane in Belize), a clay head, two broken lightbulbs, ornamental wire fixture, rebar wire, ribbon, wood offcuts, a dried rose, twigs, glass marbles, plastic beads, paper doily, tea and potpouri label, hand-painted and magazine papers, feather, fragments of a cutup tshirt, and a small diamond.

This is How Little. Rotted wood, 2 chunks of scrap metal, a stone, rebar wire, paint, and a pearl.

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The Birdcage, an Assemblage

February 25, 2012

Wood, plastic, glass, metal, paper, seeds, leaves, sand, paint, varnish. And that’s a short list for assemblage artists, who love to see how many different kinds of material can be assembled together. A friend gave me bags full of discarded cuts from his wood crafting, and I find the most interesting shapes in the pile.

This bird sits outside the cage, tho returns for sweet offerings.