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Altered art book page 18 Heaviness is not always Metal

Posted in ALTERED ART, ART, DESIGN, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, MY SURFACES, WORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS, WRITING AND BLOGGING with tags , , , , on February 15, 2009 by echostains

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page18

Continuing my Altered art book with page 18, I am continuing with the ‘junk’ theme.  On page 17 I looked at the connoctations of the word ‘junk’, exploring drugs and  assemblage (disgarded stuff used to evoke memories).  On this page is an image of a hand made machine.  I don’t know what it is, I just picked it because it looked like it would revolve (which fitted in with the text).  Don’t forget, a lot of these images and words were chosen a long time ago, and the original reason has been forgotten.  The text on this page reads as follows: –

He stared down at the machine

The machine began to revolve

a gritty roaring sound like the ocean dragging pebbles

soaked up by a piece of blotting paper

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page-18-detail

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page17-18

It made me think about other pieces of junk.  Junk that we carry around with us: unwanted thoughts, blind beliefs, superstitions, paraphanalia which we don’t really need but which we are frightened of letting go of because ‘something bad’ may happen.

forevertron-park-heavy
forevertron-park-heavy

The machinery part of the text put me in mind of this place ‘Forevertron’ Wisconsin USA, the biggest scrap metal sculpture in the world.  Its inventor Dr Evermore sounds quite a character…….

From construction to destruction.  In 2001 London artist Michael Landy destroyed all his possessions in the name of art.  He shredded and granulated everything, and I mean everything, including his credit cards: everything.  This took place in an Old C & A store in London and lasted 2 weeks.  The exhibition was called ‘Break Down’ and by the time the exhibtion ended Landy was left with his cat and girlfriend.  Why did he do it?  Apparently it was a statement about Consumerism and more…This is what he said at the time:-

“I see this as the ultimate consumer choice. Once Break Down has finished, a more personal break down, will commence – life without my self-defining belongings.”

michael-landy-breakdown-201

michael-landy-breakdown-201

For more about Landy

Media used; inks, photocopy image, printed paper

All the pages so far here

Altered art book: page 17 Junk for Sale

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by echostains

page17

page17

Continuing my Altered art book: page 17, the words chosen are: –

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page17-detail

The streets smelt of simmering green vegetables and gas leaks…

stained green sofa

‘Didn’t realise it was for sale’

Everything is for sale

Inside the room was such a concentration of junk as he’d never seen before…….

 

Strange words eh? ‘simmering green vegetables and gas leaks’.  I can almost image the green colur.  It is one of those lines that inspire painting.  One of my Echostains painting employed the lines: –

“Where the scent of wild roses, turn the milk to cream,

Tell your mother that you walked all night on velvet green.”

What I was trying to achieve in this painting was to try to turn ‘the scent of wild roses’ into ‘velvet green’.  In a sense, trying to turn a smell into a colour through the senses (sight).  Unfortunately though, I sold ‘Velvet Green’ .  I have a copy of it somewhere that I will add when I find it.

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hangover-tomaselli-2005-pills-acrylic-resin-on-wood

For ‘Junk’ I used tablets, drugs as a background.  Californian artist Fred Tomaselli (b.1956) uses unusual mixed media, including prescription drugs, medicinal herbs and plants with hallucinogenic properties on wood.  Combined with other mixed media, including magazine scraps, making unusual connections between high and low culture. 

omaselli-echo-wow-and-flutter-2000-leaves-pills-photocollageacrylic-and-resin

 

 

omaselli-echo-wow-and-flutter-2000-leaves-pills-photocollageacrylic-and-resin

You know what they say though…that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure?  There are a lot of artists who use what would be termed as ‘junk’ to some to create art.

To be continued….