Brushes, Hammers, Paste and Nails
GETTING BEYOND BEATNIK MANIFESTO Thinking Outside the Memory Box or TOWARDS RESCUING THE LOST ART OF THE FOUND OBJECT
A Contemporary Found Object Artist’s Manifesto Calling for the Long Overdue Retirement of the Dominant Found Object Artist’s Practice of Endlessly Replicating the Beatnik and Before-Genres of Found Object Art
Certainly we the undersigned respect and revere the old guard artists of the Readymade, Collage, Assemblage and Combine genres such as Marcel Duchamp, Picasso, George Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Louis Nevelson, Joseph Cornel, Juan Gris, Robert Rauschenberg, George Hermes, Wallace Berman, Connor Everts, etc., but it amounts to an act of meaningless kitsch for a contemporary artist to endlessly emulate the work of any of the above-mentioned artists and/or their peers in this, the 21st Century. We believe that by association the above practice taints the names of the legitimate and innovative artists that work under the banner of contemporary Found Object Art. Our mission is to resuscitate and redeem the pathetic state of Found Object Art from it’s half-century long stasis as a largely decorative, non-critical, nostalgic hobbyist’s pursuit wherein a mindless approximation of historic artists work dominates. Moreover we feel that as an urgent initial measure to mitigate this crisis, it is critical to call for a cessation of the use by the illegitimate practitioners of the Found Object genre of the following found materials and themes which constitute the fundamental cause of their wrong doing:
Bilateral symmetry, shrines, time pieces, burnt or abused baby dolls, alters, alphabet blocks, tonic bottles, test tubes, beakers, bifocals, Buddhas, buttons, butterflies, bicycles, broken baroque picture frame fragments, foreign currency, feathers, paper ephemera, enlarged letter forms, fake flowers, flags, old wood scraps, maps, cracked vanity mirrors, memory boxes, mannequin hands, gears, Gibson Girls, gods’ eyes, spice grinders, and assorted antique appliances, postage stamps, anatomical and astrological charts, heart forms, playing cards, cartography, candles, Kabala, corks, crescent moons, spoons, runes, reliquaries, memory boxes, locks of hair, rusted antique hardware, sea shells, sheet music, eye masks, sepia-toned photos, lithographic postcards, cupids, putti, test tubes, rusted old tools, spools, skeleton keys, coins, teacups, keepsakes, Taro cards, chess pieces, alarm clocks, skulls, Art Noveau, soiled Scrabble tiles, valentines, old dice, quill pens, ink bottles, bells, bird cages, angels, tobacco pipes, movable type, eyeballs, light bulbs, bones, bottle caps, alchemical apparatus, cracked driftwood, doll house furniture, turned wooden dowels, taxidermy, torn tickets and wings of any kind.
© Patrick M. J. Tierney, 2010, Director of the “Getting Beyond Beatnik Project” contact: firstname.lastname@example.org