Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Meaning of Found Objects

I have been quite bothered with the different interpretations of a 'found object' - and what i think a found object is. My thoughts are that it would include crystals from the river and creeks while hiking, or sea shells and other ocean treasure and such.

For a month i have been rolling around my mind what exactly defines a 'found object'. This morning i woke up with a clear mind, which in the mornings does not happen often these days. Well, a mind clear enough to make room for the ideas of what defines my question, that is.

So finally from Wikipedia i found what puts in words best my idea and reflects most thoroughly my thoughts of a found object :

"A found object, in an artistic sense, indicates the use of an object which has not been designed for an artistic purpose, but which exists for another purpose already. Found objects may exist either as utilitarian, manufactured items, or things which occur in nature. In both cases the objects are discovered by the artist or musician to be capable of being employed in an artistic way, and are designated as "found" to distinguish them from purposely created items used in the art forms.

"Found object" can also refer to a small object found by chance which, though usually of little monetary value, captures the imagination of the finder and is therefore kept as a keepsake. Perhaps it is a penny or an unusual stone or even a pretty piece of metal. Often found just "on the ground," it is kept as a curiosity or even a good luck charm. They are often associated with a trip or a special memory or an important time in a person's life.

The connotations of mystery about where it came from, the feeling that it is a lucky or providential occurrence, and the sense that it is simply a "free gift from the world" or "from nowhere" can add to the sense of wonder or magic surrounding a found object. A "found object" may stand alone or may form the basis for a collection."

And, then there is this:

When found objects are used as part of visual art works, the resulting works are referred to as found art.

Now i have a sweet light bulb on something so simple explode in my head and i find immense satisfaction that the song of a found object is written and filed away in my upper cabinets.

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