Monday, November 18, 2013

Collection Reflection

In class we have been taking a look at an art form called collecting. So naturally, in the classroom, we have created our own collection. We voted on a color scheme everything had to be and the winner was blue. For me, this seems to show that you never really think about what the color of something is until you're asked about it. When I had to come home and find two blue things I thought it would  be hard but after looking around my house there was a multitude of blue things I never really thought about. Yeah they're blue, so what? Also looking back on it the things that were collected were all old frequently used items. It made me think of the movie Wall-e with all the old stuff that was dead kind of like the people. It seems like people use people like items and when they are done with them they "throw them away". But by collecting them back up again, to me, it seems like we are giving them another chance to be loved, a chance to be seen as a work of art and just feel appreciated. I think that says a lot about the time we live in to, the age of if it doesn't please me get a new one and throw the old one out. A lot of this stuff actually does seem to reflect my own interests. Cleaning, going to the movies, drinking water, ironing, getting called down to the office, bouncy balls, nail polish, and belts are all things I'm very familiar with and can absolutely relate too. The other great thing is that many other people can too and that is whats great about art.

Collecting Artists

All of the people on the list are collecting artists, which is using large amounts of different, or the same things, to create one great work of art. Some people without the "artistic eye" don't quite get it, its just a bunch of stuff in one place... why does anyone care? Depending on the artist, materials used, how they're placed and the end product is how it would be determined if it is art or junk. For example it would be more likely for a well known artist such as Andy Warhol to put a bunch of random stuff together into a work of art and have it be called art than say me, a random kid in New Jersey. Then the subject of hoarding comes up with some collecting artists such as Karsten Bott, a man who intends to collect one of everything. Could this be hoarding? Sure. Could this be art? Absolutely! [ in my personal opinion anything can be art if you try hard enough and really want to say something (: ] Now, I don't know about you but when I think of hoarding, I think of an unlivable home space where all different things are never thrown away and the person involved is just obsessed with not getting rid of anything because it all has meaning to them. When I think of collecting I think of something that has a meaning to the person collecting, its a lot of the same things in some cases, and the collection isn't threatening their life. Just a few things to think about. The next time you see a pile of stuff, take a picture of it and see if it gets famous. :) <3