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Creating Art With Abandon

Guerilla Art Book

Pay It Forward With Creative Love

This is my 17th post for my 30 Day Blog Challenge.

I first discovered this movement about five years ago when I came across Keri Smith’s book, The Guerilla Art Kit. I admit, the term ‘guerilla’ hooked me. The premise and execution were both simple: make art, preferably out of recycled materials, and leave it anonymously for others to find and enjoy.

Yesterday, while reading about ‘make-it, leave-it’ artists and projects, I found an article by Drew Trachtenburg on the Daily Finance website entitled “The Art of Letting Go: Trend Sets Paintings Free, Randomly.” Trachtenburg recounts the story of Eleni Zatz Litt’s experience with abandoning art. She inherited almost 600 paintings from her father’s estate, and couldn’t keep them all, so she decided to give them away.

Also in his article, Trachtenburg included a link to Michael deMeng’s very active FB group, Art Abandonment, with over 20,000 members. Its description reads:

“Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”

For October, deMeng’s challenge is to create calaveras, in honor of The Day of the Dead. Interesting.

As my 30 Day Blog Challenge is coming to a close, I am in the process of thinking about the next 30 Day challenge. Making and abandoning art, and creating blog posts around the process, is a strong possibility.

Have any of you made and then abandoned art?

Thanks for reading!


Collage Perspectives at Swarthmore College

day 16

Five Collagists Showcased in Video

This is my 16th post for my 30 Day Blog Challenge, and I have approximately one week left to go.

Last night, I was meandering through YouTube, and did a search for “collage art.” I luckily found an inspiring, 10 minute video film by John Thornton entitled “Collage Perspectives at Swarthmore College.”

Collage Perspectives is the title of an exhibit held in the List Gallery at Swarthmore College in the fall of 2011. Although the exhibit was four years ago, the video is new to me and hyper-relevant as a beginner using this medium. Thornton’s film was narrated by the gallery’s director, Andrea Packard.

Five collagists are showcased: Njideka Akunyili, Arden Bendler Browning, Chie Fukei, Ken Kewley, and Elizabeth O’Reilly. All five collagists have five very different, yet equally powerful, styles and ‘voices.’  I would’ve liked to have viewed the exhibit to see the collages first hand. I am grateful to Thornton for filming the exhibit.

This is my first learning experience involving embedding video in a blog post. Please contact me if there is no video above.

Again, thanks for reading!