Manitowoc artist Gary John Gresl refashions treasures unearthed from past | Art Forward
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Manitowoc artist Gary John Gresl refashions treasures unearthed from past | Art Forward

(Photo: Courtesy of Rahr-West Art Museum) One of the wonderful things about working at an art museum is discovering new artists. One such artist new to me, but certainly not to the Wisconsin art scene, is Gary John Gresl, who recently donated one of his assemblages to the Rahr-West Art Museum for our permanent collection. An assemblage is a three-dimensional collage. Instead of a collection of paper and two-dimensional fragments, an assemblage is a collection of objects juxtaposed in an artful arrangement. Contemporary assemblage art evolved from the Avant-garde artists of the 20th century, who pushed the envelope of what was considered as art by using found objects. A found object is what one would think — a natural or man-made object that is found (or sometimes bought) by an artist and kept because of some intrinsic interest the artist sees in it. Marcel Duchamp contributed to this movement in 1917 when he famously shocked the art world with his piece "Fountain," in which he took a urinal, signed it with a fake name, and presented it as a work of art. Duchamp used the term "readymade" to describe this type of work, in which the choice of the […]

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