Knowing in Details About The ‘Found Object’ of Modern Art

Written by Cathrine

Art can be found in numerous forms singing, dancing, painting, photography, acting, etc. are among the different forms of art. Though art can be learnt yet a truth of the matter is that there has to be an innate urge in a person towards a particular art, this is what acts as the starter leading to some very great achievement.

Modern art includes the use of something termed as the “found object”. This basically refers to an object found by an artist that is, with minimal modification, presented to the audience as a piece of art work. It often happens that the artists have a very unique perspective and it is through this that they are able to understand the aesthetic value attached to a certain object that may otherwise look very common.

An artist like Mark Borghi who showcases the various art forms in his art galleries at Bridgehampton, Palm Beach and New York, based on the history, form or shape of an object are able to discern whether or not an object can be termed as a “found object”. Mark is one who appreciates all forms of modern art, and his galleries bear witness to his extraordinary collection. His galleries hold exhibitions that are very unique, although his galleries specialize in Post- War American art.

The materials that are usually considered as ‘found objects’ range from natural things like stones, earth, sand, curiously shaped wood, pieces of shells, pebbles or even a skull. The man made things that are categorized under this head are pieces of glass, newspaper cutting, fragments of metal scrap, and shards of textile fabric, photographs, bicycle hand bars, and anything that basically seems to have an aesthetic appeal to it.

The places that these found objects are utilized include different forms of art like painting, assemblage, sculpture as well as installations. This idea was coined by the famous sculptor and painter Pablo Picasso with his picture entitled, ‘Still Life with Chair Caning’. This later came to be modified by Michael Duchamp, who termed these objects as ‘readymades’.

Fine arts is the branch of arts that is said to have pure aesthetic value attached to it; drawing, sculpting, engraving, architecture and the other conventional forms of art are all considered under this category. It is unfortunate that this kind of arts is not being taught everywhere for it is considered to be merely beneficial for the learning process and not essential. However, it is time that the school administration need to understand the need for an art based curriculum, as it inculcates and encourages the creative thinking of an individual.

But it is a fortunate thing that as long as people like Mark Borghi are there to appreciate art by making them available to the common people through these exquisite exhibitions at his art galleries in and around New York; the extent and scope of art can be understood by the masses. Art gives expression to sometimes the unimaginable perspective, of an artist, and this is what makes art interesting and gives ample space for the creative mind to explore unknown avenues of imagination.

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