Found Object Assemblage

 

"Can works be made which are not "of art""?

Marcel Duchamp

 

"Found Object" describes art created by familiar objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made. 

 

My assemblages are composed of vintage scrap materials and oddities that I've obtained from ongoing scavenge hunts. They tend to be abstract, geometric in nature and somewhat architectural.

My intention is generally not about representing a theme but creating contemporary visuals with a "feel" that honors the original time stamp. 

I often wonder about the origins and people that utilized these objects and how they would perceive their final destination.

My fascination with random vintage objects originated with my grandfather, Charlie.

He was a Blacksmith of the Great Depression Era and gatherer of oddities with a penchant for utilizing things in unintended ways; much out of necessity as nothing was wasted. Occasionally his personality would emerge with a whimsical "whirlygig" yard-art-piece, very primitive and  representative of his time. He and many others like him were making "something" out of "nothing" and recycling refuse long before it was a conscientious and expected act.

 

The American Cheese Box Collection

emerged from a  collection of vintage wood cheese boxes found in flea markets and vintage junk stores. Because of my attachment to the kitchen and being a chef, the idea developed to create assemblage paintings within each box. The abstraction represents patterns from table clothes, napkins, aprons, and distressed or freshly painted wood surfaces. The continued series represents my contemporary vision of a former life.

Found Object Assemblage in Green with Glass and Small Boxes/Shadowbox Made with a Drawer

Found Object Assemblage

Found ObJect Assemblage, Green Backdrop of a Vintage Bookcover, Found Wood Pieces, Glasse Tile, Xyzolophone Mallet with Brass Ball, Small wood box with green printed paper design in diamond pattern
Orange and Cream Colored Art Assemblage with Glass, Small Wood Boxes, Vintage Book Covers and Xylophone Mallet/Shadowbox
Found Object Assemblage with Wood, Wood Pieces, Black Screen, Metal Number 0, Blue Book Cover, Glass
Found Object Assemblage made of Drawer Front with Peeling Paint, Leather Book Cover, Wood Stick, Marble, and Polka Dotted Glass
Assemblage of rough textured wood pieces, corrugated cardboard, rusted metal screen with round image, vintage book covders and wire mesh glass panel
Found Object and Photo Imagery, Black and White Man's Portrait, Driftwood, Small Metal Plate, Wood Box with Marbles and Wood Shaving Tool, Figuarative Image with Amber Glass Shard, Wire Cage over Man's Image and Wire Secured by a Wood Hair Brush
Found Object Totem Style Assemblage in Reds, Vintage Red Book Cover, Rusted Metal Screen, Brass Number 8, Dissambled Red Cardboard Boxes, Red and Black "Pick Up Sticks", Marbelized Painted Book Cover and Wood Dowels
Found Object Assemblage, Vintage Wood with Green Painted Ends, Vintage Book Covers with Lavender Color and Green, Brass Template with Circle Cutout, Wood Strip and Clear Glass Rectangular Plate
Found Object Assemblage with Random Greenish Blue Stained Background on Raw Wood, Book Cover Pieces, Wood Scraps, Pasteboard Matchbook Insert, Wood Resembling a Sailboat
Collection of 4 Assemblages on Gallery Wall

Found Object Assemblage