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Monday, July 7, 2014

Found Object Art

Trash Art, Junk Art

Call it what you like, but art created from things picked up off the ground, out of the water, out of the trash, used, discarded stuff....junk....reformed, reused, recreated into something called art is just that, ART.  

Sardine Cones

How long has it been since you have seen a sardine can with a key type opener?  This little tin, plucked out of Lake Tahoe, was just screaming to become Found Object Art. With the addition of paint, pine cones and a bit of moss it became:  'Sardine Cones' and a reminder of swimming in Lake Tahoe.

It's Only A Matter Of Time

Out for a walk one day in the city of La Quinta I came across all of these items scattered in the gutters.  Cigarette boxes, snuff container, broken beer bottles and beer tops, even a watch.  When all this junk was worked together it became: It's 'Only A Matter Of Time.'  It's another piece of Found Object Art and when I see it I think of that walk.


On another excursion, this time out into the desert, I came across this Spam can, a piece of plastic that fit perfectly into the can, and a granite rock that all came together to create: 'Spammer.'  Found Object Art that sits on a table to remind me of that particular day.

So on July 5th, while kayaking on Lake Tahoe, I pulled these items out of the water....

They all appear to be left-overs from the previous night's fireworks display.  They were merrily bobbing along the surface and they are destined to become works of art.  I am not sure exactly what I will do with them but the right side of my brain is churning.  It is doubtful I will keep the two items that look like they were never exploded. 

I may take these to the local fire station and let them deal with disposal.  But the rest of the stuff, junk, objects are just too great to throw out.  Art it will be and a reminder of a day, an event, an activity.  Unfortunately all of this Found Object Art is also a reminder of what is discarded, thrown out, casually discarded, to become litter, trash, and an eyesore to our environment.  

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