|Object, by Laura Brent. Wood cup lined with velvet on typewritten card. 2012|
Thinking conceptually, I considered what would be considered a pinnacle object in our contemporary society. A cell phone or computer? Which object carries with it the most significance? Did I want to choose some obscure object, or something common to all? I continually kept coming back to Meret Oppenheimer and her Object, having seen it in person at the MoMA.
|Object, Meret Oppenheim, 1936|
This was what I wanted to create. The cup signifies a communal meeting, an object used to nourish our bodies, and something common at social gatherings. Using found materials, I altered a wooden cup, lining it with red velvet, and it became something else, a unique special object - art.
I felt badly not following the rules designated for the project, but it was also stated that the work could take any form, so I went ahead with it. Expecting the work to be generally misunderstood, (see the previous posts regarding my audience...) I decided to leave it in one of Fort Collins' best coffee house/book stores, The Bean Cycle/Matter Books, hoping that the person who encountered it there would have a basic knowledge of contemporary art, or at least a curiosity to explore. (i.e. book lovers.) The colorful title of the book pictured nearby was the impetus for my final choice of location.
|My Mystery Project, installed in its location, near the art & photography books.|
|Another view of the work.|
|Detail of typewritten card.|