Mark Robert Barry
UH 210 – Studioless Art
The University of Alabama
Students will work with common, everyday objects in order to create a piece that redefines those objects as art.
- Engage everyday objects as art making materials.
- Explore the concept of found art and multiples.
- As a class, discuss multiples/found art and artists that employ this strategy in their practice.
- Discuss the differences between multiples/found art and the readymades of Marcel Duchamp.
- Look at examples. (Tara Donovan)
- HOMEWORK: Come up with a handful of ideas on what materials could be used. Bring in samples of those materials.
- Share ideas and look at potential materials.
- Offer feedback.
- Out of class work session.
- Critique (High quality photographic documentation is accepted for work for which in class installation is too large or unmanageable.)
What constitutes “multiples”? For this class and assignment, the minimum number is 50. A minimum of 50 items of the same object is required for this assignment. The maximum number is 5,000,000.
If present at all, material variation should be unobtrusive. All of the objects used should be identical to one another. For example, if the piece is made with pencils, then only the same brand and model pencil should be used. If needed to enhance structural integrity, glue, staples, tape, or other connecting material may be used. However, it should not hold any visual weight or be distracting in any way.
Do not invest your artworks with overt concepts; rather, create work that leads to aesthetic outcomes that focus on line, color, texture, shape, pattern, etc. For example, don’t make work that says ‘Save the Planet’. Avoid referencing symbols like hearts, smiley faces, and peace signs. Cliche symbols can and will cause conceptual distractions from your aesthetic purposes.
Do not endanger anyone. Do not create work that strikes, trips, lacerates, distracts, or potentially injures anyone (including yourself) in any way.
Do not damage University or private property. Your work should not include any process that would lead to University or private property (unless it is your own) being damaged or altered in any way.
Students are evaluated with consideration to craftsmanship, effort, following directions, and high quality participation during critique.
Student Work Examples
Featured image by Amy N..