Posts Tagged ‘assemblage’

Artist of the moment…..David Hammons

David Hammons is an American artist born in Springfield, IL in 1943. Over his career Hammons has worked with sculpture and assemblage, installations, and performance art. For his collegiate studies Hammons attended the Chouinard Art Institute and the Otis Art Institute both located in Los Angeles, California.

I enjoy Hammons work for his use of unconventional materials. In the gallery above check out the piece with elephants walking around at the base. In the middle is painted elephant dung/ poop. You might not notice its dung as its painted! Very cleaver!

Another series done by David Hammons that received much critical acclaim was a series done called body parts. Hammons used body parts that were greased and then made an imprint on paper. The piece in the gallery above a black man is titled Spade.  Spade was a term used by the “in” crowd in the 1970s for an African- American.

For his performance art Hammons loves to push boundaries and try very unique ideas. Among his first efforts was to stand outside during a snowstorm and sell premade assorted snowballs of various sizes.

In the late 1980s his work caused a great deal of anger among African Americans. He painted the religious leader Jesse Jackson with blonde hair and blue eyes. On the billboard it was written,  “How you like me now?” The piece was violently destroyed by angry African American men.

price range information: Sorry none available.

Another performance type of art took place when he took 20,000 feet of display area at a gallery that was very dark and the viewers job was to navigate their way through the area with only some flashlights. Very unique in his ideas! Below we get a viewing from this show. I don’t recommend to watch the whole thing, I hope you have some art to work on after you finish reading this article, but you get a great idea for Hammons’ level of creativity.

David Hammons received the MacArthur Fellowship award in 1991.

In this clip we catch up with our art lover friend James Kalm  (yeah!) to check out a show featuring the work of David Hammons.

I find the artist very interesting not only for his unique performance ideas, but also because he attended prestigious art institutions but doesn’t really like to show in galleries, preferring to show his art on the streets.

In this last clip we see a great mix of unique ideas, text and Kool Aid!

David Hammons is based out of New York City.


Artist of the moment…..Melvin Edwards

Melvin, or Mel Edwards is a fantastic American sculptor known for his work dealing with African- Americans, race, and politics. Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. For his collegiate studies he attended the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College. Edwards also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute.

1970 became the first African- American artist to have  a solo show of sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In college a major influence on Edwards was the artist from Hungary named Francis Erdelyi. Below a fine example of his style.


1976 he married a poet named Jayne Cortez.

price range information: Most works are small to medium sized and priced $5,000 to $15,000.

Has taught at many prestigious art schools including the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Has works in many prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, and the Houston Museum of Art, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Based out of New York City.

A link to the artist’s own website.

Most popular series was that titled “Lynch Fragments.” These were small works that now number more than 200 works. As metaphors for his feelings on race and what it means to be African American are signified by using hammer heads, locks, scissors, chains, and railroad splices.

In this clip from a fellow art lover, we see a print made by cutting aluminum with a laser done by Melvin Edwards. Another artist already profiled here is also  featured named Faith Ringold.

part 1 of a series done on Melvin Edwards by the Chouinard Foundation.

part 2 of the series with Mr. Edwards.

part 3 of the series.


Artist of the moment….Radcliffe Bailey…

Radcliffe Bailey is a wonderful collage artist born in New Jersey in 1968. For his collegiate education the artist attended Atlanta College of Art.

Bailey is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Some critics say his a mixture of Basquiat and Bearden. For me Basquiat was raw talent and expression, his designs are not something that would sell if mass produced on the market. Bailey has a wonderful sense of design and also incorporates photography into his collages. His sense of design also reminds me of Roy DeCarava, the first African American to win a Guggenheim fellowship. Both of these artists were excellent draughtsman in addition to being fine painters and photographers. Bailey is great at capturing the modern African American cultural experience.

In this clip we meet the artist and listen to a brief lecture.

From the Polk Museum of Art we hear Bailey discuss his work with a lead curator.

Birdhouses are a major theme in his works. This dates back to being with his grandfather who enjoyed making them. His grandfather was a blacksmith.

Appeared in some videos back in the early 1990s with the group Arrested Development.

The artist has even done sculptures.

Has had his work exhibited at the main airport in Atlanta, Georgia. This also brought him national attention.

Radcliffe Bailey is an artist on the rise. It will be interesting to see what mediums he chooses to combine next! His work is very modern in that he chooses great photographic imagery to compliment his design skills.

price range information: Most originals priced between $6,000 and $25,000.

Artist of the moment……Joseph Cornell

Below is Cornell’s work “Pharmacy” which sold for $3.7 million dollars.
Joseph Cornell was born in Nyack, New York in the year 1903. He was quite a versatile artist enjoying the process of painting, sculpting, and film. His father worked in the textile industry.His mother a teacher. Cornell was one of four kids. Cornell was only fourteen years old when his father passed away. The artist lived with his mother and brother for much of his life in Flushing,New York. His brother was handicapped by cerebral palsy. Cornell lived as a recluse for much of his life as he was quite shy and always had to help his siblings.
Working as a fabric salesman was sufficient to pay the family bills until the Depression hit. Via some connections through his mother he landed jobs designing fabrics and page layouts for leading magazines such as Bazaar. As far as the art world goes, Cornell’s assemblage and shadow box works are highly sought after by collectors. Some shadowboxes are even meant to be touched, handled, and played with.
Was a huge fan of the writer Mary Baker Eddy and was devotee to the Christian Science religion.
Price range information: The artist has had some works break the million dollar mark. Collages can range from $50,000 to $ 120,000. Paintings done in oil reach up to $50,000. Acrylics paintings broke the $200,000 barrier. Screenprints are the most affordable with many less than $10,000. A shadow box titled “pharmacy” sold for more than $3 million dollars.
His big break through was after an exhibition in 1949. Sadly the health of his mom and brother started to get worse. Cornell had to hire assistants to help him and even still he could hardly satisfy demand.
Like the great Andy Warhol, Cornell explored film as a medium of expression. These films are very whimsical and sometimes seem as if a shadow box has been brought to life. In this clip view a great clip that features some puppets brought to life. Very similar to the claymation techniques.

In this clip see some of the artists famed shadowboxes.

The artist reminds me of Kurt Schwitters. Schwitters made very impressive collage and assemblages using found materials and include photographs and newspaper articles of the 30s and 40s including some great works that tell about the horrors of the Nazi party. I have blogged about Schwitters before as I love his style.

Another artist working with shadowboxes would be Tom Mosley. Rather than use images of people, Mosley used no colors and basic geometric shapes in much of his shadow box work. Below is a fantastic shadow box made by Mosley.


Artists working with the face and the figure…….Jake and Dinos Chapman…


These artists are brothers and hail from the Great Britain.  Dinos was born in 1962 in London.  Jake  was born in 1966 in Cheltenham, United Kingdom.

Dinos attended university at the University of Ravensbourne College of Art in London. Jake went to the North East London Polytechnic School.  After receiving bachelors degrees from these colleges both went on to earn master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London.

A short work done by Helen Partridge on these artistic siblings.

Part one of a series done in 2003 with Jake Chapman talking about the contemporary art movement in Britain.

Part two of the series.

Part three of the series.

As you can imagine with two minds working on projects the artists are highly productive and work in many mediums. They work with oils on canvas as well as do silkscreens, posters, etchings, lithographs, watercolor, bronzes, pen and ink, and even fiberglass.

low price range: etchings can be found for around $500.

high price range: $172,000 for a mixed media work done in fiberglass, resin, paint, wigs titled “Fuckface”

Here is a look at the work as it appeared in exhibition as the Saatchi Gallery.


Although their works might be too vulgar to be seen in some print art magazines such as American Art Collector or the Artist magazine, I find their artwork to be a different take on an old genre, figure painting. I liken their works to three dimensional garbage pail kids paintings. The Garbage Pail kids were kids who were gross but well loved by their target audience, young elementary kids such as myself at the time. Diaper Dan, who always had a full diaper. Other characters had body parts missing or deformed faces or were covered in garbage. Figure art, but seen in a gruesome manner, I believe the Chapman brothers have done this in the fine art world.


In 2003 the duo were nominated for the Turner Art Prize, they lost to Grayson Perry. The award is Britain’s most prestigious art event and hosted by the Tate Gallery in London. The award is $40,000 in euros, so around $50,000 in U.S. dollars. It is given to the best artist under the age of fifty and named for the wonderful landscape painter JMW Turner.

On this art page I wanted to include all types of art. I am heavily inspired by those team artists. As an artist it is quite lonely sometimes and you might have to push hard to be motivated. These teams I consider to be highly productive because having an extra set of ideas and someone else to help execute should make you more creative. The Chapman brothers also were studio assistants to another great artist duo that I have written about in the past named Gilbert and George.

Here is the link to my article on Gilbert and George.

The two has worked as an artistic duo since 1991.

The two have worked in the commercial art industry designing labels for Beck’s beer.

Jake Chapman is married to a supermodel named Rosemari Ferguson. Supermodel Kate Moss was in attendance at the wedding.

on line and land based galleries: Phillip de Pury and Company of London.     White Cube Gallery of London.

For some art homework try working with the figure in different style or medium in which you usually work.

Be creative on this beautiful summer’s day!