UPCOMING: ARTprior Gallery, Sept. - Dec.; McMichael Autumn Artisan Market, Oct. 15-31; Red Trillium Studio Tour, Oct. 23/24; Itty Bitty Arts and Crafts, Nov. 6-7; Kanata Gift of Art, Nov. 20-21
UPCOMING: ARTprior Gallery, Sept. - Dec.; McMichael Autumn Artisan Market, Oct. 15-31; Red Trillium Studio Tour, Oct. 23/24; Itty Bitty Arts and Crafts, Nov. 6-7; Kanata Gift of Art, Nov. 20-21
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Found Art (and other 6x6s)

FOUND ART

We can 'see art' all around us if we look. This series is an ongoing collection of 'found art' - a natural or man-made object, or fragment of an object, that I call art because of some intrinsic interest or artistic aesthetic.

What Are Found Objects? Definition, Characteristics

In modern art, the term "found object" (a translation of the French phrase "objet trouvé") is used to describe an object, found by an artist, which - with minimal modification - is then presented as a work of art. The idea is, that the artist believes that the discovered object possesses a certain aesthetic quality - stemming from its appearance, social or personal history - and therefore displays it for the appreciation of others.

Typical "found objects" include natural materials like sand, earth, stones, shells, curiously shaped pieces of wood, a human skull; or man-made items such as newspaper cuttings, photographs, pieces of glass, fragments of scrap metal, pieces of textile fabric, an unmade bed, a bicycle handlebars, and so on.