Objects: Found, created, arranged

This is collision of various artifacts and debris which I gathered for an exhibit in 2007.  There’s also a close-up of this photo below.

From left to right: first section…..a terra-cotta clay ball that I covered with designs (then had it fired, not glazed), part of a blown tire, a toy record player with a hand coming out of the cone and a gagged skeleton (“We do not want to hear your secrets!!!) second section…..a found “wound-up ring” of wire, then (down below) one of my wire sculptures (face in profile with hat), then (back above) a red clay sculpture that I made, a bell in the form of a lady (on a “pedestal”)  and a plastic and rubber “climbing man” toy that I got in Paris.  third section…..a spiral watch spring, my wire sculpture (an animal), a found heavy metal piece that looks like a face or mask, an upside-down goose head (with a peacock feather) and a little toy duck who’s trying to communicate with it.  There’s also a piece of blue glass.

This collection was one of many “windows into other worlds” which I’ve arranged.  I’d imagine what would happen when the gallery was closed and nobody was around.  Would the human and animal figure communicate?  The skeleton’s mouth is bound, but he could still use sign language or gestures.  What sort of music would the Victrola play?  Would anyone dance to it?  Would the hand which emerges from it snap its fingers to the beat?  Would the “bell lady” chime in?  Would the climber escape from his bag and walk the walls?  Would the goose head seize something to use as a body?  Such are the questions which artists ask of objects and of art.

It’s a sort of dialogue between the artists and nature, works of art/creativity and the other things which we have made.  The whole world can seem or better be more poetic, magical and romantic.  This dialogue is yet another key part of the creative process.  It can be distracting to have these “dialogues” with most of the “stuff” you see all day. Such is the way of the artist.

This display was originally part of a 4-person art exhibit that I organized at the Zeitgeist arts space here in Detroit:

Artists included Carlos Bruton (aka LOS), Gwen Joy, Karl Schneider and myself, Maugre.  You can click onto the Zeitgeist site here and scroll down.  We’re keeping our Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre history site up, even though we’ve closed the building.

WINDOWS TO OTHER WORLDS (With Select Artifacts) March 10 to April 21, 2007  A related post: http://maugre22.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/magical-recycling/ Victrola: http://www.victor-victrola.com/

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