Grade 11: Sculpture
What is an Assemblage?(noun) - As one familiar with the word "assembly" might assume, assemblage is a form of sculpture comprised of "found" objects arranged in such a way that they create a piece. These objects can be anything organic or man-made. Scraps of wood, stones, old shoes, baked bean cans and a discarded baby buggy - or any of the other 84,000,000 items not here mentioned by name - all qualify for inclusion in an assemblage. Whatever catches the artist's eye, and fits properly in the composition to make a unified whole, is fair game.
The important thing to know about assemblage is that it is "supposed" to be three-dimensional and different from collage, which is "supposed" to be two-dimensional (though both are similarly eclectic in nature and composition). But! There's a really fine, nearly invisible line between between a bulky, multi-layered collage and an assemblage done in extremely shallow relief. In this large, grey area between assemb- and col-, the safest course is to take the artist's word for it.
Look at the work of the following Assemblage Artists on the internet:
- Robert Maloney
- Amy Hitchcock
- Robert Rauschenburg
- YOUR CHOICE of assemblage artist
Choose a Theme: "Future or Past?"
- personal struggles
- historical time periods
(talk to your teacher about your idea)
Reflection on Assemblage Artists:
In your sketchbook, reflect on ONE of these artists (featured above) that you most like in terms of technique and how this will inspire YOUR approach to assemblage. Print and include one example of an art piece that they did that you liked most.
Also, find ONE other assemblage artist you like. Print a photo of one of their pieces and reflect on the following...
- tell me who they are / what they do
- what do you like about the piece that you chose?
- how might this inspire your approach to assemblage
Sketches / Notes / Ideas:
In addition to your sketchbook reflection, you will need to do the following planning in your sketchbook...
- approximately 2 pages
- variety of sketches (composition), notes, brainstorming
CREATE YOUR ASSEMBLAGE
Using objects that you have collected (as well as paint, papers, glue, etc.), construction your assemblage piece within your box. Think about unifying factors such as colours, textures, shapes that can be repeated in order to make pieces of the work appear to belong together. Also, think about composition (e.g. Burridge's Compositional Strategies) to figure out how you want to lead the viewer's eye around the piece.
Artist Statement instructions:
HOW YOU WILL BE MARKED
Communication (10 marks)
- How well did you reflect on TWO assemblage artists?
Thinking (10 marks)
- How well did you plan for your piece (sketches, notes, etc.)?
Application (20 marks)
- How well did you create an effective 3D composition?
- How well did you create a sense of visual unity?
Communication (10 marks)
- How well does your assemblage visually communicate your idea / concept / story?