Assemblage is a form of sculpture comprised of “found” objects arranged in such a way that they create a complete art work. Basically assemblage is three dimensional collage. The objects can be anything organic or human-made. Scraps of wood, stones, old shoes, baked bean cans and a discarded baby buggy – or any of the other 84,000,000 items not here mentioned by name – all qualify for inclusion in an assemblage. Whatever catches the artist’s eye, and fits properly in the composition to make a unified whole, is fair game. Objects can be glued, nailed, tied, woven or joined together in what ever way holds them.
.Some history about assemblage: Before the Dada Art movement at the beginning of the 1900’s artists were only considered to be artists if they painted, drew, or sculpted realistically. Other kinds of artmaking and other ideas about art content were not considered to be “Art”. Thank goodness for the Dada movement that “freed” art from such a narrow view of what is art. Dada introduced the collage and the assemblage as another way of making art. Remember, Dada artists said that art is about unique and creative idea making, not about painting realistically.
Pablo Picasso got interested in Art in the early 1900’s, and he followed the Dada movement. He made some assemblage constructions, starting in 1912. An early example is his Still Life 1914 which is made from scraps of wood and a length of tablecloth fringing, glued together and painted. Picasso continued to use assemblage intermittently throughout his career.
Have a look at these two videos for an idea for how to approach this challenge::
Your assemblage needs to be 3D.
It can be made to view from the front, like Louise Nevelson’s:
This is called a “RELIEF” sculpture when it is only viewed from the front. Relief sculptures are generally hung on a wall. They are still “3D” because they have a lot of “ups and downs” or depth in the front to back.
If you have paint at home, and the desire, you can choose to paint your relief sculpture all one colour, so that the shapes and textures and patterns of the work are the main focus::
Or you can leave the objects in your sculpture unpainted. If you choose to do this then you need to also consider the colours in the objects as you assemble them into a unified composition. Don’t let the colours confuse the arrangement or create chaos.
Or You can choose to make an “in the round” assemblage instead of a relief one:
In the round sculptures are designed to be viewed from all directions. They are generally displayed on a table or floor.
Your assemblage HAS TO BE ABSTRACT. This is because you need to focus your artistic eye on the composition.
Your sculpture needs to be completed by Thursday, June 11. Please email me one photo of the relief sculpture or a few photos of your assemblage sculpture if it is in the round.
We will meet on Teams again next week June 11 at 11:40. See you then.
There will be one more Found Object Art assignment.