Many artists collect found objects. What is the relationship between the found object and the art making activity?
The flotsam and jetsam of the natural world and discards from the universe of the manmade --the broken, the useless, the forgotten, the lost, the out of date –any of these could become tomorrow’s found treasure. As an object of contemplation, the found lives again, if only in our imagination. Some of us are driven to comb vacant lots, trash heaps and garbage dumps, the woods and the beaches in search of them; some of us stumble upon them by accident. The exhibition Prospecting for Art: Found Objects and the Creative Process stems from a profound curiosity about the found objects that visual artists are drawn to and what influence those objects may have on their work.
How does the ordinary become extraordinary? How can we rekindle our sense of surprise in the face of the everyday? Do objects remember? Is existence completely random or full of magic and coincidence? The artists included in this exhibition believe that found objects may offer a clue to many of life’s important questions.
The show consists of found objects collected by 39 artists as well as original art created by each artist. A found object was defined by the curators as “any item, natural or manufactured, found or obtained, that was not originally intended as a work of art, that is not altered in any way from how it was found, and is considered by the artist to be worthy of exhibition. Think expansively…found sound… found poetry… found sites…all possibilities!”
Artists Talk, Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Join exhibiting artists for an afternoon workshop of collage, assemblage and art making. Bring your own found objects and your creative self. Some additional materials will be provided. Be prepared to have a good time.
Special events are free of charge. Seating is limited. Please make reservations in advance by calling
the Somerville Museum at (617) 666-9810.
Lisa Jeanne Graf
harriet regina marion
This project is supported by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by the membership of the Somerville Museum.