These are some sculptures I made out of found objects. A found object assemblage is made of various objects that are placed together to create a visual composition. My first attempt at making sculptures like this happened when I was about 14 years old. I had been to a gallery gift shop at the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA and seen figurative sculptures constructed of nuts and bolts and wanted to make something similar. My grandfather's garage in Pasco, had boxes and crates containing random nuts, bolts, and screws of every type. Unfortunately I figured out that elmers and super glue wasn't up to the task. Nevertheless I collected numerous found objects for my own amusement which later became the foundation for dozens of sculptures. Part of the process involves looking for interesting objects to use in compositions. Streets and alleyways in industrial areas provide an excellent resource in the city. Rivers, creeks, and beaches of all sort can provide a wealth of materials. Abandoned and demolished buildings, empty lots also can reveals useful treasures. Though some of these places may project an element of danger I have yet to be harmed or discouraged.
|Seed Pod, Found Objects: Steel and sandstone on found wood pedestal. 1995|
|Untitled, Found objects earthenware brick, steel, copper, glazed earthenware|
The objects here are assembled to make a totem of sort that could also loosely resemble a woman's breast. It is made from worn brick, found in a creek, a rusted sey of ball bearings, and an old ceramic marble, found near a demolished house.
|Untitled, Wood, sandstone, limestone 1995. This sculpture was made when I still lived in Texas. I used limestone found in a creek, creosote coated wood found near train tracks, and a sandstone "eye" from Lake Ray Roberts|
|Untitled Found objects, 2003 Metal road debris, brass cutting, driftwood, plastic case|
|This "bird-head" object is really just a piece of driftwood, found in the Puget Sound.|
|Sunspot Found objects, 1996 metal, felt, rubber, and an old token|
In North Texas all the farms and ranches are becoming parking lots, warehouses, and shopping malls. Often while driving around in the countryside you'd see land offered for development with usually an old barn or farm house still standing. Sometimes, I used to enter these sites looking for objects. Horse shoes, boot heels, and rusty metal was common.
|Horsey detail , found objects 1996|
|Flower, 1997 found metal, wood, canvas, mud, burlap. Found frame. Acrylic paint, and epoxy|
|Untitled, Limestone, glass marbles, wasp nest 1994|
|Ghost Town Found Objects 1991|
|Trans Am, Found Objects , Mat Board frame, 1995|
One of the best ways to search for found objects these days is to ride a bicycle around town. Bicycles give you a closer glimpse of the world by enabling the rider to traverse alleyways, lots, trails, roads, and sidewalks with ease. Often while riding I 'll see something on the ground that I have to circle back for because I was unable to catch it upon first approach. Also the objects found are also road worn, similar to the affects that one would get from something tossed about in a fast moving river.
|Sun, Found Objects 2008 Plastic, wood, metal|
|Ocean View, found wood assemblage. 2014|
|Bird, 1998 found copper and ceramic, wood fired terra cotta , thrift store frame|
Most recently, I have using them to make things that are also assembled from new materials. At Pratt Fine Arts Center, I welded together this obelisk from new steel. Then I welded some found objects to add texture to the piece.