‘Assemblage of Art’ transforms the mundane into the spectacular

“Assemblage of Art”, the National Gallery’s new temporary exhibition opens Friday, 10 May.  

Featuring works from more than 18 artists, it’s the first open call exhibition at the new facility.  

“Assemblage art is a form of sculpture comprised of “found” objects arranged in such a way that they create a piece of artwork,” explains gallery director Natalie Urquhart. “These objects can be anything organic or man-made.” 

“The whole idea of Assemblage Art is to transform mundane, day to day objects into artwork through unusual combinations.  

A marked departure from traditional art forms, assemblage art in its truest sense, she says, is like a three dimensional equivalent of collage.  

This particular exhibition will actually include some two dimensional collage work as well, although it will be primarily three dimensional pieces which will be mounted throughout the National Gallery site, both indoors and out.  

The exhibition is composed of pieces in the National Collection, existing works of art and new pieces created specifically for “Assemblage of Art”. 

The majority of the works on display are by resident artists, although a couple are sculptures by international artists Wally Warren and Federico Uribe, both of which are part of the National Collection.  

The first exhibition when the National Gallery opened its doors back in 1998 was titled “Junk Art”, by American assemblage artist Wally Warren. A piece from that exhibition, “Untitled 1”, was acquired for the National Collection and will now be displayed once again.  

Local artists have found all sorts of different interpretations for assemblage art: Karoly Scuz’s “That Morning” combines rusty metal to create the swirling vortex that was Hurricane Ivan, says Natalie, while Kaitlyn Elphinstone has recreated a seafan from woven plastic, tissue and thread as well as creating an interactive sound installation from debris; Aston Ebanks has built a sculpture titled, “House of Cards”, from old pallets and Rasitha Sanjeewa has several works using nails, bolts and all types of junk.  

 

The “Assemblage of Art” exhibition is sponsored by Butterfield, runs from 10 May to 26 July and admission is free to all. 

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