Recycled Art and Found Object Assemblege Essay

On our daily commute, we are confronted with issues concerning waste, whether it’s walking passed littered debris on the street or incorrectly disposing a plastic bottle in the garbage. These conscious decisions we make every day have effects and a number of artists are currently working with post-consumer material to create new works of art out of something which was deemed unfit for further use and left for dead. By no means is this a new trend, reusing to produce art has been slowly gaining momentum since before the 20th century. The Amish for example salvaged fabric left over from trimmings of fashioned clothing to create quilts. Pablo Picasso first publicizes found objects in art when he pasted a printed image of chair caning on to his painting Still Life with Chair Caning, 1912. Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1913 consisted of a bicycle fork with a front wheel mounted upside down on a wooden stool. Although Bicycle Wheel is considered his first, Duchamp’s most well-known ready-made and possibly his most controversial is Fountain created in 1917. Besides for Duchamp’s ready-mades, other art techniques produced from the Dada movement were; collage, photomontage and assemblage. Picasso’s Bull Head, 1942 continues the trend, the artist stated, “Guess how I made the bull’s head? One day, in a pile of objects all jumbled up together, I found an old bicycle seat right next to a rusty set of handlebars. In a flash, they joined together in my head.” Artists continued to create art from found objects through a minor movement known as Neo Dada of the late fifties. Robert Rauschenberg as well as Jasper Johns helped revive some of the ideas that rose from Dada, but placed more emphasis on the art produced rather than o…

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