The Father of assemblage, born in Staten Island, New York (1926-1976). He created “Verifax collages” the method of photocopying images of photographs from magazines or newspapers. He would later mount those images onto a flat surface, the collage creation would then have medias such as acrylic paint added to it. The term, ‘Verifax’ refers to the photocopier.His work was often used as album covers, as a member of an American Jazz scene, he designed and made album covers for popular musicians. Wallace, like myself takes influence from art movements such as, Surrealism, Dada and a less familiar movement, Kabbalah, a mysterious art movement within Jewish tradition, in his work this movement is present through in corporations of Hebrew letters. He later produced a silent movie, which portrays life, death, politics and pop culture.
I chose to research this artist as I have seen and heard of his work before, for obvious reasons he relates to the theme, his work is categorized as assemblage. However, it also opens up the doors for my way of thinking, I can see how an assemblage can work as a digital creation. But, also as a more photographic, modern creation, for example today album covers still use assemblages to sell their music. Also, I feel that a lot of life can be injected into his works, without colour, still there is boldness. From this artist I have learnt to sometimes keep an idea simple, benefiting the wider frame. I can also show some Graphic design skill in this format.
I selected the above picture because as a digital assemblage it still emulates the same idea. The combination of photography, Graphic design and fine art is really strong, all work with each other to produce a great image. I have chosen the picture as it gives me an idea into how I can combine all the creative processes that I like and the new skills I am learning. But, I dislike the cover for not having a title, I realise that not all covers need a title, but, I think that there are mixed messages to what this image is selling. As a whole I enjoy the image, a classic example of how old photography can be made new and attractive with light and colour. In relation to the task have been set I feel that I want to use some old photography methods, I like the process and I think that it is a talent to be able to combine new with old in a modern way. In other projects I have tried to use methods that are newer to me, but, I don’t always like my work, so I may use previous skills to make the work feel more personal.
Known as an Iconic artist, Louise Nevelson, is most influential in producing abstract expressionist sculptures. Born on September 23, 1899, in Kiev, Russia, she studied Cubist art, which lead to her gathering praise in the 1940s. However, it wasn’t until the 50s that she began selling her artworks, becoming one of, ‘America’s most innovative sculptors.’ working with many different medias, painting, sculpture, using wood and junk, printing and taking a modernistic approach to her artwork. But, one method that she is also recognized for is monochrome paint, particularly black, meaning everything looks black, but, the differences in the objects also stand out. But one thing I really like about this artist is her reasons or what she stands for as an artist, ‘ freedom of expression was a political act.’, ‘her personal feelings’, ‘nature’s divinity, one of her more known activism’s is her breaking down the stereotype of only men’s artwork could be large-scale. ‘Her works initiated an era in which women’s life history became suitable subject matter for monumental artistic representation.’
My reasoning’s for choosing her are that, firstly, I like that her work is one colour, the object appear as an artwork instead of just rubbish. The black, block colour is really effective, I like the colour, I think that it can hide as well as highlight aspects of a subject. From looking at the work produced by Nevelson, I see something that I would like to make, to understand how something so random can work together, the combination of innominate objects being seen as one beautiful. Her style of art is something in particular that interests me, of which is surrealism and Cubism, all of which I appreciate, but, feel that I may not be able to communicate through. Therefore, I wish to use aspects of her style and combine it with my ideas and interpretation.
As a collection of items this is an abstract sculpture, which is dramatic and a vast structure, designed to shock and inspire. I chose this image of one of her works because it’s the one that I branched an idea from, im thinking of using a block colour type design, using black and white paint. So, from the image I take away is how to make something moving within a single colour. I like the straight forward angle of this image, it almost intimidating, the subject in which is pure black, making light limited therefore, if I take this approach I must consider the amount of exposure needed to reflect the art. However, I dislike the boxed method, it all feels too industrial, I would have made the structure more varied around the edges.
(1903-1972) A Surrealist, assemblage artist, most profound for working with glass-fronted boxes with a Victorian inspired design inside. Using media like, old photographs, trinkets and found elements such as clocks or birds.The boxes are known as, “shadow boxes,” – A box containing a presentation of objects with artistic or personal significance. Cornell’s shadow boxes are little pieces of the mind, world that can only be seen in dreams, childhood, space, birds and escapes from reality. His work went onto inspire other art movements because of the modernistic flare.Most evident in the boxes is allowing object to speak for themselves, they are the main focus in many of the creations. Gathering many of the objects from, frequent visits to New York, secondhand shops, magazines or newspapers.
I can relate to this artist, that’s the reason for me selecting him, as a collector myself, I believe item tell stories, they present to people the message of discovery, for each object there is the tale of how you come to own it. Therefor from Cornell I have learnt that anything can be used to create art, a collection is a piece of art, in fact the presentation is important to let others into your way of thinking. For my own Assemblage I think I am going to make a physical sculpture, I also like the idea of putting a fantasy into a small place.
Victorian inspired design has worked well to highlight a little dream world, I think it shows a bird in a human space, possibly some kind of rustic apartment. But, it was chosen because of its novelty, it funny, that way captivating. The photograph feels light and airy, a nice setting, full of life, In my work I want to make something that projects emotion, another reason for choosing the above image. In juxtapose I would change the branch, instead put a stool or a chair, adding to the comedic persuasion of the design. Finally, as it has been presented in a box it has boundaries, however, I don’t feel that if there where no walls that the art would be as effective as it’s a perfect world, with limits, simply existing in a fantasy, within the mind.
A founder of pure an abstraction in painting, 1866-1944, started studying art at the age of thirty, but, as a trained musician his method of creating art was very different, he believed colour is music, leading to study in a more self-lead way. Later using colour as an emotion, it is able to describe nature, or people in a single shade. And believed that with using abstractisum was a way of showing the relationship between human and physical boundaries. He saw music as the best way to attain a creation. Kandinsky wrote: “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
I have chosen to write about Kandinsky because I have always liked his work, I see many settings where he can inspire, it is abstract, a style that I am familiar with and think that I will find useful for an assemblage. He is beneficial to the project because I am thinking of making something with limited colour, in juxtaposition to his work, however, from his art the colour speaks, something that I want to achieve. Also, he uses fine art to show emotion, and I wish to have elements of fine art in the assemblage, so he is a good example of how to tell a story in one image.
Abstract art has assisted me into thinking differently, and if I am unsure in how to go about an art and design task I frequently visit abstract paintings and sculpture because they can be taken in many ways, I think they can portray any emotion, however, I struggle sometimes for linking the art to a meaning or reason, therefore I in my project am not going to go too abstract, instead include the intent behind the art, but, use more feelings and relatable sources to convey my work. So, the reason for selecting this particular Kandinsky painting, in contrast with his other is because it seems three-dimensional to me, I can see this as something that, ‘pop’s’ out of the wall, however, it is a two-dimensional structure, it uses tone and shadow to crate the effect, I wish to do that, something that can be seen from all angles, using shape to attract the audiences minds.
Pablo Picasso (1881 to 973) was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. Using styles like Cubism, Symbolism and Surrealism. pioneering in the realms of painting, sculpture, printmaking, stage design and ceramics. He devoted 80 of his 91 years to art, achieving radical new masterpieces, which will forever be recognized. But, most relevant to this project, from 1927 onward Picasso explored Surrealism, developed from cubism, “Guernica.”-1937 is considered one of the greatest surrealist paintings of all time. He used the movement to revolt against, ‘constraints of the rational mind’ achieving this by going against what society deems correct art.
As Picasso has explored surrealism I chose him to be relevant as a reference for the project, the art is challenging for the mind, contrasting what is typical in nature, and what isn’t. I have always liked Picasso’s art, I have drawn a portrait inspired by the style, but in relation to an assemblage I am referencing to his use of angles. His portrait’s seem to use line a lot, when using items on an assemblage there are many uneven angles and curves, his work makes different angles work together.
Above is a Surrealist and cubist portrait, I think it shows a two in one, meaning there are two things going on, one that can be seen on the outside, and what is hidden beneath the surface. It was chosen because I like the use of simplicity, there are basic shapes, that make up a complex structure. I have also been thinking about having a mixed message assemblage, so this is a good reference for this as there is a whole in the center made of mystery, I was thinking in similar ways for my final piece. Emotion is what I get from looking at this, through the use of blue it feels as though the woman is weeping, green implies greed or sickness, perhaps the person is near death. I have plucked out emotion because I wish to convey feelings within my own work, which other people can feel, so to refer back to this painting is crucial to being able to do this.
Is known as the founder of Dada, an anti-art movement formed in Zurich during World War 1. Where he organized violent, disruptive, and unexpected performances for the public audience. He was an artist, producing art for the movement, however, he is more recognized for publishing manifesto, which spoke about the movement and what it wishes to improve. An other purpose of the manifestos was to reach a wide audience, shocking them with the words of Dada. But, by the 1930s he moved away from Dada, to explore surrealism, a 20th-century movement in art and literature, which aimed to, ‘release the creative potential of the unconscious mind.’ His aim again was to rise above society’s idea of art
I have chosen to research Tzara because, even though his is formally known as an author, he still has created art, constantly having his drawings with the writing. I like how he combines the to, allowing word to speak to the art and art speak to the words. Having read some of Dada manifestos I have tried to understand what he means, or his point, allowing art to be more than just art. Though, one of the most prominent reasoning’s is that his display of writing is very different, some is more demanding, some is gentler, and not as ordered, therefore, to link to my own work, I may have some typography, or want to show a message in a more interesting way.
Typography art is extremely interesting, it is both imagery as well as readable literature, I may not use typography, but, I have chosen to write about is as it shows the movement, a movement that I want to use in my own creations. So, if I use Dada, I will use the above example as a way of understanding that the movement, although not in a political sense to me, still can be used today for showing how art can be understood. I think the above work is also a great example of graphic design, though not created on a screen, it is still design, there is consideration for every letter, having a specific space, everything is ordered, and is organized, something to consider, there has to be a purpose to everything that I use as that’s what the audience will feel when looking at the work I produce.