Found In Our Own Back Yard
On view February 8 through April 12, 2018
This special exhibit features Marin County artists who scour our beaches, trails, parks, and more to find inspiration, objects, and often junk to create their works. The exhibit includes portraits, sculpture, and installations by artists including Claudia Chapline, Dickens 44, Tess Felix, Judith and Richard Lang, Angela Gonzalez, and Madeleine Nieto Hope.
Found object originates from the French objet trouvé, describing art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function. Pablo Picasso first publicly utilized the idea when he pasted a printed image of chair caning onto his painting titled Still Life with Chair Caning (1912). Marcel Duchamp is thought to have perfected the concept several years later when he made a series of ready-mades, consisting of completely unaltered everyday objects selected by Duchamp and designated as art.
In 1950s in the Bay Area, assemblage and “junk sculpture” was a common medium for artists including Roy De Forest, Jess, Robert Arneson and others associated with the Beat Generation. This group of Marin artists continues the tradition of found object and assemblage artmaking while at the same time drawing our attention to the environment and our effect on it.
This exhibit is on display in the Bartolini Gallery, in the Marin Center Exhibit Hall. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm and select weekends. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.