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Altars and Egos: The Art of 3-D Assemblage

Art Education Curriculum on 3-D assemblage sculpture by Jessica Coulson Strand 3, Unit 1, Grades 6-12
by Jessica Coulson on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Altars and Egos: The Art of 3-D Assemblage

Altared Egos The art of 3-D Assemblage Betye Saar ' I seek to redefine trash, push the boundaries of sculpture and explore the definition of what is sacred." What exactly is assemblage anyway? assemblage is
the art of assembling...
putting parts
and pecies of things to
make a new WHOLE one of my favorite assemblage artists is
one by the
name of Betye Saar This peice is called "The LIBERATION
of Aunt Jemima",1972 anyone remember aunt Jemima ? See any symbols you recognize? Any guesses what they mean in this context? Sean Paul's art objective what does sacred mean to you? this is Sean's Logo. This is Sean Paul "The Victory of Gentleness"
[For ] 1975 this little altar was made in a this is an example of a El Dia De Los
Muertos shadow boxmade in the traditional
style in Midnight Madonnas (1996) Rosa Parks the Black Madonna THis work in particular also seems to show
shows another
of Betty Saar 's Simon Rodia 's WATTS TOWERS can you see any signs of inspiration? WATTS TOWERS The Watts Towers or Towers of Simon Rodia in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of non-traditional folk architecture and American "outsider", or art by an "untrained artist".

The Watts Towers are located near (and visible from) the 103rd Street-Kenneth Hahn Station of the Metro Rail LACMTA Blue Line. They were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990. the built by Simon Rodia have become a distinctive architechtural ICON of the Watts neighborhood in La California ...Would you belive they are made mostly of
what other's considered to be TRASH??? was not a sculptor, a draftsman, or a painter. This internationally renowned modern artist never had professional training. He was first and foremost a collector.

Joseph loved to scour old book shops and secondhand stores of new York looking for souvenirs, theatrical memorabilia, old prints and photographs, music scores, and French literature. Joseph Cornell In the late 1960s Betye began collecting images of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Tom, Little Black Sambo, and other stereotyped African American figures from folk culture and advertising. Betye Saar Instead of rejecting this racist images, Betty incorporated them into collages and assemblages, transforming them into statements of political and social protest. is an example of a work combining some of the themes
(political/historical) of the assemblages of the 6o's with work exploring ritual and tribal objects from Africa as well as items from African American folk traditions. In the early 1960s Betye mostly created etchings and intaglio, but after seeing a Joseph Cornell show in 1968, she developed an interest in three-dimensional objects and began working in assemblage. back to... is an example of one of Betye's more political works, in this case honoring the late great Rosa Parks. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". Rosa Parks On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. While her action was not the first of its kind to impact the civil rights issue , Parks' individual action of civil disobedience created further impact by sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks' act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement. can you
see any
similarities
between
this
work and
the one to
the right? "House of Ancient Memory", (1989) ... using what other
people consider is something TRASH Betye, Simon, & this next artist
have in common... Gallegos From the Feet of Soldiers
2009 DC Sneakers and Socks !! represents a Mongolian Warrior and is made mostly out of used I suppose to some people nothing is TOO SACRED, because as soon as it appears to be old, they will just throw it away instead of fixing it or better yet trying to make ART out of it... would you believe this next work assemblage is made from "DUMPSTER DIVED" "Greater than you or i"
Medium: Sytrofoam, Air Jordans, and Air Force Ones.
2011 this little assemlage altar wasn't made by
Sean, but is also made of found objects... it was made to honor artist Frida Kahlo... El Dia De Los Muertos this is an
example of
an altar/
assemblage
I made in
collaboration
with Sean Paul litterally translated from Spanish "THE DAY OF THE DEAD" ANCESTORS... this is Traditional style altar
assemblage on display in Oaxaca, Mexico El Dia De Los Muertos is a holiday celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration when eating and parties are common. Due to occurring shortly after Halloween, the Day of the Dead is sometimes thought to be a similar holiday, although the two are celebrated differently. Merida, Mexico... ... there are many more
less traditional variations on
this theme... matchbook I dare you to try and make one that small Unless you want to make one... Big now that you have some inspiration let's get to work,
shall we.... ...but first... ...please listen carefully for
further instructions on making
your ... assemblage.... (African, Native American, Irish and Creole) is an American Artist who honors her mixed heritage in her multi media assemblages Interest in studying Black Madonnas revived in the late 20th century. Some scholars of comparative religion, particularly those with Afrocentrist, feminist, or neo-pagan backgrounds, have suggested that Black Madonnas are descendants of pre-Christian mother or earth goddesses... "I have always been interested in Asia and this sculpture was inspired by the temples I saw in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Bali. It is mostly wood and painted red for good luck and prosperity. My work combines images and symbols of different cultures and religions. My materials are collected on my travels and from thrift shops and swap meets in the United States.

I attempt to create an object that suggests spirituality without pertaining to a specific religion. My goal is to show cultural differences and universal similarities." Betye Saar As a child growing up in L.A, Betye
saw influences... air jordans? Frida is most famous for her paintings, but she also did some assemblage, using old
frames like this painted tin Folk Art frame
and painting up and over the edges... Frida, whose full name was Frida Kahlo de Rivera (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and perhaps best known for her self-portraits. More on her another time...At any rate her style is similar to that of... Styrofoam and to honor our Because he works primarily
with recycled shoes (especially discarded Air Jordans), this symbol is conceptually relvant. his work has sole
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