Brushes, Hammers, Paste and Nails
Dear colleagues and friends,with low mileage, I dared write an essay entitled Assemblages: the entrails explained.To my surprise, it was accepted and is now published in the Axon Journal (open…Continue
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Dear friends and colleagues; most of you will know more, since I'm a new-comer in the field. For an essay to be written: what would you consider the first art assemblage. In paleontology it's fairly…Continue
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The following is just my inner experience: would like to hear from you how you deal with layers in assemblage / collage art.Working in layersThe essence of working with found objects (or scrap…Continue
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Material items that surpassed their intended life-time - think of parts of cut trees or fallen branches, that lie prey to rot and worm. Pick up the item in this phase, and enhance (enlighten) the still visible shape, by accentuation of the resistant part. Note, scraping off, scouring of the more rotten parts, visualize decay. The harder, more robust part, are at the basis of a new shape. At safe distance from ourselves, transience becomes tangible.
Comparable is the picking of material, that was ascribed a certain function once, but that have become outdated in the human eye. Form and shape are closely linked. The Saw, hammer and chisel used at demolition (or transformation) affect this shape (and function) but often there remain sufficient points of recognition. By placement, and assembly, with use of construction means, such as screw, coupler, glue, the items are put back in an apparent illusionary function. On the one hand, signs of decay may be kept or enhanced (transparent lacquer) while on the other hand holes or cracks can be repaired, enhancing the illusion of a new function.
That an artists makes tribute to such thrown away material, may point to irritation towards a throw-away society. Using such materials in works of art, in no way leads to improvement towards a more durable society. But it might lead to after-thought or reflection, or a smile at times.
Drager Meurtant, September 2013-2018
Many of us think that assemblages were first constructed one century ago, when Pablo Picasso
created cubist constructions. Other names, attached to the art form are Marcel Duchamp,
Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters and (first using the name of
assemblage) Jean Dubuffet. For a more complete listing of 20th century assemblagists, see
But, looking from a different perspective, assemblages were created…
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