Found Object Art

All of us have experienced the magnificence of art in its various forms throughout our lives and it is safe to say that there is no single definition to it. However, I am sure everyone would agree to a certain extent that most of the time, it involves a process of creation in which an individual goes through to manifest his or her ideas, thoughts, emotions and imagination into something more tangible for others to admire and appreciate it. The end result, in most cases, will be the advent of a meaningful yet alluring piece of ingenuity ― which conveys the full spectrum of a human experience.

Today, let me familiarize you to a unique form of art most of us may not have come across previously. Introducing ‘found object art’, where artists conceptualize their work via symbols or sculptures encapsulating the meaning of being human or an element of it. The term can be traced back to its French origins, objet trouvé, which simply means objects which are not normally considered for the purpose of making art because they already have a function in everyday life. Predominantly, the artists that indulge in the creation of such art use man-made or natural objects which are altered minimally, if not at all, and they usually showcase certain concepts that are unique and championed by the artists themselves.

For instance, Marcel Duchamp is known to constantly question the value and beauty of art and what is the concept behind them. Due to his rather radical approach to art, he was labelled as anti-art. However, contemporary artists from various backgrounds have acknowledged his contributions to the industry ― subsequently inspiring several movements in the twentieth century such as Pop Art, Minimalism, Op Art and Conceptual Art. The main purpose of Marcel Duchamp’s art is to provoke questions such as “Who is an artist?” and “What is an art?”.

The famous Found Object Art by Marcel Duchamp, which is known as “Fountain”(1917). It is a urinal made from porcelain.

Another well-known artist in this particular arts sphere is Salvador Dali. He loved the idea of incorporating unconsciousness into his art no matter how absurd they may be to others. In his career, he produced a number of paintings that are closely linked to dreams and the feelings that they invoke in a person. Dali also dabbled into film making at some point of his life, where he worked with famous figures in the film industry to produce several films, such as Walt Disney. Here, we take a closer look at one of his masterpieces that supposedly incorporates his theory of connecting food with sex.

One of many interesting Found Object Art created by Salvador Dali. The photo shows his Lobster Telephone (1938) art.

Indeed, this branch of art can easily become a heated topic of discussion among artists and the public due to the provocative elements that are often assimilated into them. Nonetheless, art will always be a subjective topic for the same creation may induce a few interpretations from, say myself, which may be opposite or similar interpretations from others who are looking at it as well. This is not surprising given human perceptions are heavily influenced by a number of factors including but not limited to our background, life experiences and preferences.

There are so many other forms of art which are uncommon yet unique out there that are waiting to be explored and found by you and me.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out there and find an interesting piece of art to admire and maybe just maybe, inspire you along the way to create an art piece yourself. 

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