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Call for artists (Assemblage / Collage) till April 8, 2019

Today I detected this call:Putting It Together 2: The Art of Assembling/Call for Entrywork can be submitted till April 8 (online).see: website:…Continue

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The creation of assemblages
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Drager Meurtant May 9, 2016.

First assemblage
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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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Working in layers
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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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jemison Roger Beshears Apr 12, 2014.

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"so nice: early today looking at pinterest, pin from one of your artworks of flickr. one click later i'm in Santa Fé. best of luck and regards, Drager"
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"What about that Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1500's) who made portraits from vegetables and plant forms? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Arcimboldo Of course they were not actual physical forms but none the less he conceptualised an approach…"
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Seven figures / walk towards / an undefined / enevitable fate.(assemblage, thread figures, drawing, wood, knob
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Drager Meurtant replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"Hello Todd, Still alive, so it's not too late. There is also the pub by Drager Meurtant, "Assemblages: the entrails explained" in Axon Journal Issue 9 (Assemblage, free online access). When almost finished writing, the Seitz book…"
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Todd Bartel replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"Hi Drager, The over the last 50 years, most historians point out that the first fine art collage also happens to be the first assemblage: Pablo Picasso's Still Life with Chair…"
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"The next generation / has more generations / to lean upon"(collage 15x10 cm, german Tour, March 2018)
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Tribute to the past

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    

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Historic assemblages

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

wikipedia: Artists_primarily_known_for_assemblage.

But, looking from a different perspective, assemblages were created…


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At 11:19pm on May 16, 2015, Shawn Marie Hardy said…

That, they do not. I have also realized that in my own work. I used to overwork everything. Nice to meet you here in this forum. :)

At 1:50pm on May 16, 2015, Shawn Marie Hardy said…

Wonderful work! I love it!

At 3:49pm on April 8, 2015, THIERRY JONNAERT said…
At 3:41pm on April 8, 2015, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

We belong to the same international family...the artists making a tribute about thrown away material !  Have a nice day....

At 4:01pm on August 30, 2014, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

Thanks man !

At 4:45pm on December 11, 2013, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

I like your comment : "Thanks Thierry: the one most surprised by the evolution is me..."

At 7:13am on December 4, 2013, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

Interesting evolution ! TJ

At 9:57am on November 17, 2013, Stephen Mead said…

Such strong materials in the work and then the lines of poetry as descriptions:  equally strong in their brevity and simplicity.

At 10:54am on October 29, 2013, Steve Bradford said…

Uh oh...

At 10:35am on October 29, 2013, Steve Bradford said…

Thank you, Drager. I laughed out loud at your Flickr Wagwarm page!



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