Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lifecycle...


One of my most favorite ingredients to use in my artwork are found objects. In fact, sometimes I think the process of hunting for and finding discarded and forgotten items is more fun than actually using them. And once I start sharing stories about the hunt, I could go on forever. 

In the current issue of Cloth Paper Scissors I get to do all that and more!  


Turn to page 68 and you will find my feature The Lifecycle of a Found Object. Maybe it should have been titled All You Wanted to Know About Found Objects* But Were Afraid to Ask.

In this article you will see photos of the hunt and of some of my favorite finds, a list of my favorite haunts in NYC to hunt for the goods, my thoughts as to why found objects are so popular, and 3 artworks created primarily with found objects.  

Pacifist
Sold. Thank you!

In View
Available in my Etsy shop.

You will also find a list of 3 of my favorite commercial products to use to alter the surface patina of found metal objects -- with before and after photos included. Now that is my kind of reveal!

16 comments:

Karen Kay said...

Wow, why did I not know about your blog? Great work, Seth. Loving the "Pacifist". Am following you now.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Wow! Can't wait for my copy to arrive! thanks for the tips! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

amy of four corners design said...

yes...the hunt can sometimes be more fun than the creating...but I find creating is pretty much fun too...I'll have to track down a copy of CPS to read all about it...

MrCachet said...

Sorry for long delays in commenting. Too much on the plate. I wish I could have taken the tour on Sunday, but I was in the dial-up desert and hadn't the patience. I'm still following Seth, and always enjoy at least the read if not the Candy. Okay. I go right for the Candy.

Joyce said...

A great and informative article-thank you for sharing the info & techniques...beautiful assemblages!
I know what you mean about "the hunt"-so much fun-I found some very cool stuff yesterday.

Ro Bruhn said...

Congratulations again Seth, so well deserved. I've just downloaded the magazine to my Ipad so I'm all set for a read. I totally agree about the finding of the found object, I have a HUGE drawer of found objects, but now they're found they sit patiently waiting.

Dave said...

Great article!!! Someday I'd like to go "pickin" with you!

deborah from collagewhirl said...

Hi Seth, the chase and the hunt are my favorites too! Although it's rewarding when you find the perfect setting for those found objects.

Erin in Morro Bay said...

I agree, the hunting and gathering are almost the best part! Loved the article too.
Erin

bohemiannie! art said...

I get the digital version of CPS and you've given me ample reason to open it!

Lynn said...

I was excited to find you once MORE in an issue that came to my door! ;-)
Wonderful art as always.
Love that you love the hunt!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am so happy for you Seth. Your generosity with other artists is being rewarded one thousand fold! I would love to take the tour with you. Have a wonderful time!!!Peace, Mary helen Fernandez Stewart

Jo Murray said...

Another great article Seth...well done! Love the way you use 'stuff'... and give it a new life.

QuinnCreative said...

Eventually, will you start to make your own found objects so they will fit your vision more exactly? I think that's what happen to Thomas Mann (the jewelery, not the author).

Parabolic Muse said...

Really enjoyed this article, Seth! You're an excellent writer, as well.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Seth, reading this post made me kind of giggle to myself because one of the places I go for 'stuff' is down an alley that is riddled with sharp broken metal things. There are two metal junkyards side by side and people just dump stuff right in the alley after closing hours. And I just walk carefully down the alley looking for washers, etc. Once I found something that I had to take apart and a homeless person came right up beside me (no personal space whatsoever...our elbows were touching) and he liked one part of whatever it was (I forget now) and I liked the other and so he helped me take it apart so we could both be happy. We were working together like long lost buddies, and in those few moments working together...we were the best of friends. I know I will never see him again and that is okay because having a true friend for 3 minutes is worth its' weight in gold. Okay cutting this short...MAJOR lightning storm...I'm turning this beast off. Later, love N. xo