"Assemblage" is the 3-D version of "collage”. "Found object fragments," "discards," or "throwaways" (artist's work to look at: Schwitters, Cornell, Rauschenberg, Bearden, etc.).

These things are organized by their specific elements. The resulting groups are then arranged into compositions of art.

Extending to many cultures of people living in family, religious, work, and various other groups; We could be viewed as a complex living version of "assemblage”(Webster 1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected).

We have “found” each other by chance; either by blood, common goals, or a certain chemistry. These connections help to formulate new ideas, innovations, and even new generations. John Anderson

Saturday, November 26, 2011

From “The Builders” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Adaptation by John Anderson

All are student artists of commitment,
Working on their portfolio deadline;
Some with design element,
Some with narrative spine.
Anything useful is, or great;
Each thing in its place is best;
And what seems but idle decorate
Strengthens and supports the rest.
For the structure we create,
Time is with materials filled;
Our present and past fate
Are the blocks with which we build.
Correctly shape and fit these forms;
Leave no awkward gaps between;
Think not, because few will alarm,
Such things will remain unseen.
In the elder days of art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
For the Gods see everywhere.
Let us do our work without moan,
Both the unseen and the seen;
Make the thing, where Gods eyes roam,
Beautiful, finished, and clean.
Else our lives are incomplete,
Arriving at our portfolio deadline,
Collapsed sculpture, where the feet
Fall off as they support the line.
Create to-day, then, strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And timeless and secure
Shall to-morrow find its place.

Thus alone we can aspire
Toward balance and movement to please the eye
And see the world as one vast sphere,
And one boundless reach of sky.  

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