Shed – Collect – Shed
Found Art is an interesting, highly fashionable and much misunderstood art form. Using objects found by the artist, the artwork often consists of repositioned objects, aiming to bring out new thoughts and ideas from and about the ordinary and everyday. Repositioning what is discarded, disregarded or unwanted gives these ‘trash’ objects and their connections a new gloss of interest and presents them in a new perspective. Some see it as pushing if not creating new boundaries. However it has also been accused of being lazy, materialistic and anti-art. Dating back to Picasso, and most famously Marcel Duchamp, Found Art was popularised in Britain in the 1990’s with the polarising work of the Young British Artist. Works such as Damien Hurst sheep corpse in floating in formaldehyde, Away From The Flock, or Tracy Emins infamous Bed, split opinions in their time. The Young British Artist’s love for found objects eventually caused the creation of the ‘Stuckists’, an artistic counter-movement based on artistic creation, painting and other more traditional artistic mediums.
I think Found Art’s basis in concept and thought is what makes it such a difficult art form to accept. I find that the onus on the artists intention, rather than the consumer’s interpretation, makes it less accessible for those who have not had a background in arts education or those who do not have previous knowledge of the artist. However, this particular exhibition is different. Shed-Collect-Shed has been created by artists Lorsen Camps, Martin Green and Joanna Rucklidge as an exploration of the relationship between their own personal collections of found objects and the Herbert’s collections. Lost or discarded artefacts are presented in context with the local history objects in The Herbert’s history galleries to create a sharp link between the artist’s work and the city which inspires it.
“ shed (v.) :to lose by natural process; to be rid of (something not wanted or needed)
collect (v.) :gather together to form a group, accumulate, assemble
:to regain control of
shed (n.) :a small structure serving for storage or shelter
(v.) :to give or impart; radiate or send forth (light, fragrance, influence) “
The exhibition calls into question that which all Found Art does; the relationship between the artists, between art and the consumer, the intrinsic value of objects both objectively and the subjective value to the objects owner and the beauty of everyday objects when seen in a new context. Creating a Found Art project who’s focus is on the city around it and the artists relationship with the city rather than simply the artists intent, is different, more accessable and for me very exciting. The exhibition features three newly commissioned works: Martin Green’s City Box, Joanna Rucklidge’s Going Round In Circles and Lorsen Camps & Martin Green’s Paradise Disregarded, Paradise Reclaimed. The exhibition will be on the Herberts 1st floor balcony and will run from Saturday 16 August 2014 to Sunday 2 November 2014.