West Virginia University Transforming Everyday Objects Art Discussion


“Many artists use or combine everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes “art” and how it should be made. Learn how Marcel Duchamp, Meret Oppenheim, and Robert Rauschenberg did the same with a bicycle wheel and a stool, a teacup, and a bed.”To help prepare for this assignment, watch this brief introductory video presented by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): How artists transform everyday objects | Modern Art & Ideas (Links to an external site.)

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ARH3001 Introduction to Art
Discussion: Transforming Everyday Objects
How to Submit: Post your response to your discussion group in CANVAS.
How to prepare for this assignment
1. Watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCgWn8fFKAQ
2. Textbook images to explore for further insight: Figures 20-12, 20-30, 20-36, 20-37
Answer all of the following
(Create a single post to answer the questions. Respond to at least one classmate). Copy/paste or type
your response directly into the discussion thread rather than uploading a word document.
Select any one (1) artist from the following list of artists found on Art21 (a series that documents
21st century art from the artists’ own perspectives). Your chosen artist must be from this list*:

El Anatsui: https://art21.org/artist/el-anatsui/
Cai Guo Qiang https://art21.org/artist/cai-guo-qiang/
Nick Cave https://art21.org/artist/nick-cave/
Abraham Cruzvillegas https://art21.org/artist/abraham-cruzvillegas/
Mark Dion https://art21.org/artist/mark-dion/
Ellen Gallagher https://art21.org/artist/ellen-gallagher/
Theaster Gates https://art21.org/artist/theaster-gates/
Ann Hamilton https://art21.org/artist/ann-hamilton/
Brian Jungen https://art21.org/artist/brian-jungen/
Jamian Juliano Villani https://art21.org/artist/jamian-juliano-villani/
Mike Kelley https://art21.org/artist/mike-kelley/
Damian Ortega https://art21.org/artist/damian-ortega/
Pedro Reyes: https://art21.org/artist/pedro-reyes/
Doris Salcedo: https://art21.org/artist/doris-salcedo/
Do Ho Suh: https://art21.org/artist/do-ho-suh/
Sarah Sze: https://art21.org/artist/sarah-sze/
Jessica Stockholder https://art21.org/artist/jessica-stockholder/
*To avoid repetition, try to choose an artist not previously chosen in your group. If you do
choose the same artist, please discuss different examples of their work.
1) First: Explore the Creative Process:
You must use at least one specific artwork example from your chosen artist above to help illustrate
your answer to the following questions. Remember to fully identify the artwork by title, date, dimensions,
media and include an image in your post.
a) Investigate and describe your chosen artists’ creative process and use of materials. What type of
work does the artist do (painting, photography, mixed media, installation, etc.)? What does the
work look like? What techniques are used?
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b) How does the artist transform the ordinary? For example, do they use found objects, readymades,
or objects from pop culture? Do they transform physical found sculptural materials and/or use
c) Briefly discuss the artist’s context and content of the work. What critical issues, concerns, and
interests does this artist appear to have?
2) Next: Develop a Critical Position and Reflect upon the Definition of Art:
a) What is your reaction to the artist’s work? What do you find most interesting about your chosen
artist? Could you identify with the artist? Why or why not?
b) What makes their work art? How does their work align with your definition of art? Is there
anything about their work or process that you have trouble understanding or accepting as art? In
your opinion, is it as artistic as other more traditional art forms? Explain.
3) Respond thoughtfully to one other peer’s post.
Format and Submission Guidelines:
 450 word minimum (main post). Do not bullet point, or otherwise separate, your information.
Although you must answer the questions found in the instructions, do not number your paragraphs.
 Remember to cite your sources. Use MLA style when citing any sources used.
 Proofread before submission. You must use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Utilize the
resources provided by the Writing Studio at USF. They offer online resources in addition to in-person
appointments. Another good online resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
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Robert Rauschenberg

Everyday Objects

challenge assumptions

bicycle wheel

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