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The creation of assemblages
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Dear colleagues and friends,with low mileage, I dared write an essay entitled Assemblages: the entrails explained.To my surprise, it was accepted and is now published in the Axon Journal (open…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Drager Meurtant May 9, 2016.

First assemblage
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Dear friends and colleagues; most of you will know more, since I'm a new-comer in the field. For an essay to be written: what would you consider the first art assemblage. In paleontology it's fairly…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Drager Meurtant Nov 3, 2016.

Working in layers
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The following is just my inner experience: would like to hear from you how you deal with layers in assemblage / collage art.Working in layersThe essence of working with found objects (or scrap…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jemison Roger Beshears Apr 12, 2014.

Value of art

One hundred and six million euro's (142,890 USD): who doesn't dream from that price for an art piece? Well, very few of us, need to bother. But at large, one issue related to such over-evaluation, is…Continue

Started Nov 14, 2013

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"nice work. regards, Drager"
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Movement from within

"When the pieces were seen fit / and fixed in their proper position / the movement was undeniable / as it arose from within."Assemblage, relief, 50x50x7 cm (wood, paper, paint, sand)
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Used for collage, the art of destruction
Dec 25, 2016
Drager Meurtant replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"Thanks Bryan, Thanks for the link. Next essay i must look at the definition of assemblage. As of now, the circle of stalagtites and stalagmites indeed seems an early example. Don't know whtehr in terms of 'art', this also fits. (and…"
Nov 3, 2016
BH / Bryan Hovercraft etc. replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"they did arrange them for certain - as to the purpose - now lost in the annals of time ... there are now thankfully many more articles concerning this initial discovery of thes neanderthal cirles in caves in France - hopefully this link will work…"
Nov 2, 2016
Drager Meurtant replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"Thanks Bryan, that would bring the medium backwards considerably. Question is: did the Neanderthaler willfully gather the stalagmites and stalagtites in order to create "assembly"or assemblage. Or did these items stand (hang) in the way,…"
Oct 19, 2016
BH / Bryan Hovercraft etc. replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"I suppose that so far the first art assemblage must be the newly found Neanderthal ring of stagmites and stalagtites in a cave in France dated to 170,000 years ago - although reasons for it's construction may have been ritual or for some other…"
Oct 19, 2016
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a certain meaning

An expression aims to have / a certain meaning.Yet, when you think / to know the content /then the look will / alter.(Assemblage, wood, cement, paper, cloth, epoxy resin, paint, sawdust. Size 41x48x5 cm)
Oct 11, 2016
felicia Belair-Rigdon replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion First assemblage
"Something by Cornell, naturally, before him most likely Braque or Picasso if there were 3 dimensional additions- interesting question.  I'm surprised I don't see any answers here. "
Jun 23, 2016
Drager Meurtant replied to Drager Meurtant's discussion The creation of assemblages
"Thank you Kaye. Started by formulating my early experience in making assemblages, and mixed this with texts from others (book by William Seitz was a great addition). With the admiration for David Smith and Joan Miro: "voila". Of course,…"
May 9, 2016
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number 53

In former times / you could buy / petroleum, paraffin and coal / at number 53.(Assemblage, wood, glass, metal, paper, plaster, paint,size 36x31x9 cm.)
Apr 22, 2016
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Tribute to the past

Material items that surpassed their intended life-time - think of fallen branches, trees cut - lie prey to rot and worm. This creates a new structure - temporary - till the pase of compost has been reached. Pick up the item in this phase, and enhance (enlighten) the still visible shape, by accentuation of the resistant part. Note, scraping off, scouring of the more rotten parts, visualize decay. The harder, more robust part, are at the basis of a new shape. At safe distance from ourselves, becomes transience tangible.
Comparable is the picking of material, that was ascribed a certain function once, but that have become outdated in the human eye. Form and shape are closely linked. The Saw, hammer and chisel used at demolition (or transformation) affect this shape (and function) but often there remain sufficient points of recognition. By placement, and assembly, with use of construction means, such as screw, coupler, glue, the items are put back in an apparent illusionary function. On the one hand, signs of decay may be kept or enhanced (transparent lacquer) while on the other hand holes or cracks can be repaired, enhancing the illusion of a new function.

That an artists makes tribute to such thrown away material, may point to irritation towards a throw-away society. Using such materials in works of art, in no way leads to improvement towards a more durable society. But it might lead to after-thought or reflection, or a smile at times.

Drager Meurtant, September 2013     

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Historic assemblages

Many of us think that assemblages were first constructed one century ago, when Pablo Picasso

created cubist constructions. Other names, attached to the art form are Marcel Duchamp,

Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters and (first using the name of

assemblage) Jean Dubuffet. For a more complete listing of 20th century assemblagists, see

wikipedia: Artists_primarily_known_for_assemblage.

But, looking from a different perspective, assemblages were created…


Posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:39pm

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At 11:19pm on May 16, 2015, Shawn Marie Hardy said…

That, they do not. I have also realized that in my own work. I used to overwork everything. Nice to meet you here in this forum. :)

At 1:50pm on May 16, 2015, Shawn Marie Hardy said…

Wonderful work! I love it!

At 3:49pm on April 8, 2015, THIERRY JONNAERT said…
At 3:41pm on April 8, 2015, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

We belong to the same international family...the artists making a tribute about thrown away material !  Have a nice day....

At 4:01pm on August 30, 2014, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

Thanks man !

At 4:45pm on December 11, 2013, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

I like your comment : "Thanks Thierry: the one most surprised by the evolution is me..."

At 7:13am on December 4, 2013, THIERRY JONNAERT said…

Interesting evolution ! TJ

At 9:57am on November 17, 2013, Stephen Mead said…

Such strong materials in the work and then the lines of poetry as descriptions:  equally strong in their brevity and simplicity.

At 10:54am on October 29, 2013, Steve Bradford said…

Uh oh...

At 10:35am on October 29, 2013, Steve Bradford said…

Thank you, Drager. I laughed out loud at your Flickr Wagwarm page!



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