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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - June 13, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:


Today you will be using your imagination to assemble a collection of random objects.  Have a look at some artists who use assemblage in their practice.

Assemblage is sort of like a three-dimensional version of collage. You can use random found objects like the work of Gérard Combon or you can collect specific items creating repetition like James Corbett. Kris Kuksi uses repetition and random objects then paints the whole piece creating an other-worldly and somewhat ghostly creation.

Kris Kuksi is an American artist from Springfield Missouri.  Using thousands of pieces Kuksi assembles them into one fantastical piece before altering the colour to create chohesion.  His propensity for the unusual has been a constant since childhood, a lifelong fascination that lent itself to his macabre art later in life.

Gérard Combon is a modern artist who lives in Lyon France who uses assemblage in his artistic practice. Cambon was born in 1960 in Toulouse.  His strange and humoristic "locomobiles", roundabouts and people are made of old wood, leather, iron and screenings. They can be seen in France, Spain, Belgium and USA.

James Corbett used to work in an auto recycling business in Brisbane, Australia. Access to vintage car parts (he especially likes 50s and 60s British and French marques, apparently) and a knack for assemblage led him to full-time art-making in 1999. His unique “car part sculptures” can now be found around the world. James does OK by his art as well (the ram above, featuring a body of spark-plugs, reportedly sold for $23,000 lately).

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: cardboard for a base, and anything else you got!

Step 1. Pick out a box for your base, then gather random objects.

Step 2.  Try different ways of assembling your objects.  Think about balance both visual and structural.

Step 3. Once you have settled on an arrangement start gluing it together!

Step 4. Now it is time to gesso - it needs to be primed; not all of the objects will like being painted.

Step 5. Add a little spray paint or acrylic paint for a hint of colour... if you want.

MAGsat assemblage instructions


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