The Vernacular and the Transformation of 'Found Objects'

While art work can be created from ‘scratch’, an alternative route however, is to utilize the found object as a fundamental building block of artistic output. Such found objects very often originate in the vernacular – the ordinary, the everyday object, the disposable one, indeed the one which may already have been discarded, often to be found in junkyards and second hand shops, a thing (or even an idea) which one may come upon inadvertently whilst looking for something else entirely.

That the Dadaists made usage of this procedure almost exclusively in their artworks is no coincidence, since the manipulation of such almost-overlooked everyday objects into new definitions and purposes is deemed to be singularly effective in bringing about mindsets of heightened unconsciously based free association that are deemed to be highly conducive to creative thought flow. Thus the artist/collector of vernacular artifacts may often transform his treasures into artworks which are either built directly from their placement as the components of newly emergent artifacts; or by transforming them into novel state of preciosity through the usage of unexpected materials or by juxtaposing them with seemingly unrelated media and content.

Should you wish to concentrate on this topic for the conceptual backbone of your artwork the faculty member who is also interested in this subject as a part of his own creative practice is Erdağ Aksel

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