Assemblage: an artistic process in which a three-dimensional artistic composition is made from putting together found objects.
Marcel Duchamp Dada Artist
Louise Nevelson American, born Russia, 1900-1988 Sky Cathedral, 1958wood, painted black, 115 x 135 x 20"
Lucas Samaras self-portrait
Lucas Samaras Box #61 1967 Inside this box is a photograph of the artist's face with pins stuck at regular intervals along the contours of his cheek, moustache and mouth. According to Samaras 'the pins are lines, marks and dots, they create a net pattern which gives a strange illusion'. The artist's father was a shoemaker and, as a child, he often played at his aunt's dress shop: 'The pin is to an extent a part of the family.' For Samaras, the box represents an equivalent to the human body and he responds to other objects similarly:
Robert Rauschenberg Combines
Often called “junk art”, assemblage is the process of creating sculpture using found objects. For this assignment you will use the additive process to create a non-representational self-portrait. This means that you will create a sculpture that symbolizes you but does not actually look like you. Keep the Elements and Principles of art in mind as you work. Consider what your Emphasis will be. How can you create Movement? Will your work be Harmonious or have a strong Contrast? Space and the use of Light are important! Make sure your are creating sculpture that is interesting from all sides (in the round). When you are collecting objects think about how you could attach them to each other.
Questions to ask your self: • Who am I as a person? • What are my beliefs? • What imagery would best describe me? • Will I use a container (box, vase etc.) • Will I add drawing or painting? (note this should be done only if it will enhance your piece, don’t just cover areas with paint without planning.) • Are there objects I can bring from home?