Jason E Geistweidt

about ephemera news

combine: after rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg began attaching found objects to his abstract canvases in the 1950′s. At first these were merely additions to a two-dimensional flat canvas, but eventually, these combines (as Rauschenberg referred to them) left the gallery wall entirely, becoming free-standing 3-dimensional assemblages. By incorporating found objects such as ‘Coca-Cola bottles, clothing and newspaper clippings,’ the artist not only ‘broke down barriers between painting and sculpture,’ but questioned the barriers between ‘art and the outside world.’ Combine incorporates vinyl recordings collected from charity shops in Belfast, Limerick and Galway. This work, like Rauschenberg’s ‘combines’, is a free-standing assemblage in which diverse sources acquire new meaning and context through ever-evolving juxtapositions. Spatially, I chose to dispense with the typical front/back orientation of the concert hall; thus, the focus of the work is continually moving around the space.