Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Assembled Artifacts

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:53 pm

Assembled Artifacts: Jud Turner,  Oliver Pauwels, Christopher Conte, Michiro Matsuoka, Stephane Hallux, Lewis Tardy
Assembled Artifacts, a show of sculptural objects that opened today at Device Gallery in San Diego, is aptly named.

The wonderfully odd and eclectic collections of mechanical parts, metal objects, leather and cloth, have assembled into sculptures of figures, vehicles, robots, devices and animals by the participating artists.

As is often the case with these kinds of assemblages, there is great attention given to the nature, appearance and surface qualities of the materials chosen. Color is often subdued, and texture plays a dominant role. Shape, however, is the main focus, with found objects given relationships that produce recognizable forms, sometimes with oddly unsettling resonance.

The group exhibit includes work by Stephane Halleux, who I wrote about previously.

Assembled Artifacts runs until August 29, 2009.

(Image above: Jud Turner, Oliver Pauwels, Christopher Conte, Michiro Matsuoka, Stephane Halleux, Lewis Tardy)

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  1. Comment by petra voegtle
    Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    Hi Charly, this kind of art is truly beautiful, sometimes hilarious but always very intricate and delicious. So much inspiration and true fantasy.
    I also would like to mention that the steampunk jewellery movement belongs into this category as well. You can find incredible art pieces there.
    Greetings, Petra

  2. Comment by diekunstgalerie
    Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    I have a very nice sample here in Cologne
    from Christopher Conte. Can see it on my website in facebook or in youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yQ7gdaPbGI
    have fun!
    regards, Luc

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Interesting. Thanks.

    For the benefit of other readers, here is an example.

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