Assemblage Art : Focus on Mixed Media Artists
The Art of Assemblage
Assemblage artists make sculpture out of various components. Some people refer to assemblage as mixed media (maybe because you are using different components), but assemblage technically is "assembling" all sorts of things together. Assemblage art can be a fun and rewarding form of artwork to make,and does require some forethought. This form of sculpture is generally 3-D and is known for consisting of found objects. This makes it a "greener" form of artwork, since often one is recycling components such as broken bits of trash and treasure!
Perhaps the assemblage art of the 1950s became better known years later. This is because in 1961, "The Art of Assemblage" was featured at the MOMA in New York, although many artists dating back as early as 1930 were making this form of artwork. Perhaps it's spike in the fifties and sixties made it more acceptable and "adopted" as a form of art!
FUN FACT: Assemblage artists normally call themselves mixed media artists, but not all mixed media artists are assemblage artists.
Assemblage Art generally incorporates found objects!
How-to Create Assemblage 101
Making assemblage art can be a fun project for adults and teens alike. Supplies can be found just about anywhere you look. Broken toys, old things, found objects, old tools, rusty parts, or forgotten about objects make for fine crafting. It can be a fun , creative, thought-provoking and rewarding pastime.
Starting assemblage artist may wish to use glue and build their sculpture. Over time one may wish to learn welding or construction techniques to assemblage their sculptures based on the medium.
Often one chooses to incorporate something personal into the assemblage art, to give the sculpture more meaning.
There are no rights, or wrongs, just fun and creativity!
This "Happy Clown" sculpture by me, incorporates Old Erector Set toys in it. I can't tell you how many people have commented on having a set like this when they were young.
Imagination is Key to Assemblage!
Imagination is one of the key components in becoming a "good" assemblage artist. Think outside the box, and see things for their alternative use instead of what they really are. Size up the shape and detail of something and make it into something else, all the while expressing yourself.
Imagine. Live. Love. Create!
I love making Assemblage Art!
Have you ever done Assemblage Art?
Now look at these 5 assemblage sculptures that I love and vote for your favorite at the end!
Fanny Frolicking Fawn by Beat Up Creations *Click to Visit Artist Site*
County Fair by Suzanna Scott *Click to Visit Artist Site*
Boxer Dog by Leo Sewell *Click to Visit Artist Site*
Kitchen Robot by Donna Leuck *Click to View Artist Site*
Revival Boy by Cat Bishop *Click to visit Artist Site*
Time to Vote for your Favorite Assemblage Sculpture!
Which is your favorite?
Visit Some of my Favorite Assemblage Artists!
- Ira Mency Site
Ira Mency dabbles in found object sculpture, collage, and mixed media from upcycled items or vintage goods. Location: Baltimore, Maryland
- Cat Bishop Blog
Cat Bishop features found object sculptures made from vintage components and original art prints of such objects. Location: North Carolina
- Beat Up Creations Website
Angela Rossi combines natural horns and bones into some of her assemblage work. Location: Los Angeles, California
- Leo Sewell Site
Leo Sewell's "trash art sculptures" are in museums and private collections everywhere. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Sushipot Blog
Suzanna Scott creates lovely "doll house assemblages" and miniature mixed media work. Location: Manhattan, Kansas
- Donna Leuck of Leuckit
After a fall left her with a 9 hour surgery and 6 months of rehab, Donna turned to making kitchen robots--the rest is history. Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Cool Assemblage Books to Read!
Amazon Spotlight Personal Review
More Tim Holtz!
Great Great Assemblage Supplies
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