THE FOUND PROJECT
Kelly Boucher, Mithu Sen, Susan Shingles, Sherryn McIvor, Susan Purdy, Alison Jean Mayer, Joseph Berto, Sarah Adams, Marian Crawford, Rodney Forbes, Mark McDean, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Megan McPherson, Wendy Hutchison
18th of September – 31st of October, 2004
Latrobe Regional Gallery, 138 Commercial Road, Morwell
List of works for the 30 days of June, 2004
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Collage, with pen & ink, watercolour & pencil
BFK rives 270gsm
15cm X 11cm
Tuesday, June 1st Polar bear with mandarin sections. Found: In polar ice near oceans
Wednesday, June 2nd Peal ex pigment, Birdwing copper. Found: Melbourne Artist Supplies
Thursday, June 3rd Spiny mouse with scrabble letter ‘E’. Found: Crete
Friday, June 4th Spinifex Hopping mouse with random European coins. Found: Sand dunes in Central Australia
Saturday, June 5th Cafe du Monde coffee cup stains. Found: Kitchen bench
Sunday, June 6th Diggers Seeds, mustard red. Found: Work bench
Monday, June 7th Banded mongoose. Found: Central Africa, south of Sahara
Tuesday, June 8th Magnetic poetry. Found: Fridge door
Wednesday, June 9th Emperor goose and bakelite bluebird brooch. Found: N.E. Siberia
Thursday, June 10th Palm Court cafe matches. Found: Decatur Street, New Orleans
Friday, June 11th Giant armadillo. Found: Tropical rainforest, South America
Saturday, June 12th Giant pouched rat with Singapore orchids. Found: South Africa
Sunday, June 13th Southern tamandua with Japanese animal shaped rubber bands. Found: Uruguay
Monday, June 14th Size 10A, carbon steel surgical blade, empty packet. Found: top drawer, bookbinding room
Tuesday, June 15th Omar's cat collar. Found: Around his neck
Wednesday, June 16th Stephane Marais nail lacquer. Found: Bathroom cabinet
Thursday, June 17th European mink with a mandarin section. Found: Slow-moving river, Belarus
Friday, June 18th Prevost’s squirrel with a mandarin section. Found: A garden in South East Asia
Saturday, June 19th Band-aid. Found: Bottom of a bag
Sunday, June 20th Aardvark. Found: Open grassland of the Sahara
Monday, June 21st Asiatic mouflon. Found: On low mountain slope, W. Asia
Tuesday, June 22nd Black footed ferret with a slice of kiwi. Found: North America
Wednesday, June 23rd Nasturtium leaf. Found: By the pond
Thursday, June 24th Uno card, number 7, green. Found: Games box
Friday, June 25th Sun squirrel with silver ring. Found: Sunny spot in Senegal
Saturday, June 26th Yellow post-it with currency conversions. Found: hammer & daisy folder
Sunday, June 27th Kowari with scrabble letters ‘J’, ‘T’ & ‘Y’. Found: Central Australia
Monday, June 28th Tin of Fancy Feast cat food, grilled turkey. Found: Corner store
Tuesday, June 29th Plumed whistling-duck with sparkly red Paris brooch. Found: N. & E. Australia
Wednesday, June 30th Sea otter. Found: Kamchatka Peninsula
Latrobe Regional Gallery is delighted to present The FOUND Project which features artists from the Gippsland region, Victoria and overseas.
Each of the artists involved have produced work every day for one month over the period August 2003 – August 2004. Working in parallel with project coordinator Kelly Boucher they have documented objects found on their daily journeys, creating small works on paper.
The Gallery is dedicated to presenting independent and innovative exhibitions and The FOUND Project highlights the commitment of the Gallery to the region and its artists.
On behalf of Latrobe Regional Gallery I would like to thank all the artists involved for their contribution to the project. My sincere thanks also go to Kelly Boucher, who initiated and coordinated the project. Her unwavering enthusiasm and commitment have ensured that the exhibition embraces a diversity of artistic styles to present a cohesive theme.
Director, Latrobe Regional Gallery
Art theory lecturer, Monash University Gippsland
Collaborative art provides a staged exhibition format that enables several artists to be contributors to one large art piece. The FOUND Project documents the processes involved in such collaboration. This makes us aware that there is a whole array of things that contribute to the set up of an installation.
The FOUND Project is a purely empirical artwork based on the experience of the artist with his/her environment. Movement, change, and time are all variables that have influenced the making of this work. This shows us that objects within the world are subject to change according to the influence of many elements and cannot be pinpointed by a single conception, abstraction or meaning.
It also displays to us the fecundity of perception. Momentary perception is limited by what is there at the time. When a person finds an object, their perception of the processes of life around the object is enlivened. When the object is appropriated as part of an installation environment the processes continue.
As fifteen artists were involved in The FOUND Project there is also added the extra variable of choice. This brings us to question: what makes one person stop and choose an object as one that possesses a particular beauty or significance? This work also acts as a diary of experience for each artist. The artists have found over time that these objects have triggered memories that they may have not otherwise had.