Thursday, May 30, 2019

Throw away your art! The Fun of Abandoned Art

I know! you are asking yourselves,"Throw away my art?! are you crazy?" Actually thousands of artists and makers do this all over the world all the time! Some say it's even addictive! So, what is Art Abandonment? Simply, it is when an artist makes art, and leaves it for strangers to find and enjoy. Cool, right? I know I would love to come across someone's creation while picking up groceries or waiting at the DMV. Plus,what a great way to give back to the community!
This little treasure was found at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye.
Here's a small, 8" X 10" acrylic painting abandoned by artist David Chorney for someone to find, at a Barnes & Noble in North Haven



While "found art" is in no way a new idea, we can thank Michael DeMeng, a long time friend of collage, and amazing artist, who really helped in the resurgence of this kind of "Guerrilla Art".


The legend goes that, Michael had a habit of making little drawings on napkins and leaving them for someone else to find. Then in 2012, he and his wife created the Facebook group "Art Abandonment". Fast forward a bunch of years and the group has approximately 46,000 members! He even wrote a book about it "The Art Abandonment Project: Create and Share Random Acts of Art" .


Here's a little message about his group from the genius himself: Art Abandonment Founder Michael DeMeng

The rules are simple!

A) Abandon tangible art for the joy of some UNSUSPECTING finder

B) Photograph the art DURING the actual placement of release

C) Share the photo on the facebook Art Abandonment group page, or use your own social media platforms or just leave it and run! 





Here's a fun project curated by artist and co-founder of Hi-Fructose Magazine Daniel "Attaboy" Seifert !

From Daniel's (@attayumfactory) post on instagram: 
"On June 15th, artists all over the world will be hiding hand made mushroom paintings, sculptures and more for you to find! look for them in Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin, Sheffield Uk, Amsterdam, Paris, Bangkok, Australia, the UK, Holland, Israel, New Zealand, Ottawa, and more.
In the US: Los Angeles (so many artists signed on from here), Boston, NYC, Long Beach, Denver, Brooklyn,Austin, BAton Rouge, Dayton, Oakland, Charlottesville, Detroit, Houston, Nashville, the East Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, Green River Wyoming, Chicago, Asheville, Humboldt, Bloomington, Concord, San Jose, Phoenix, Marietta, San Raphael, Worcester, Harlingen Texas, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, New Glarus Wisconsin, Portland Or, Seattle and more being added every day!"


SO! ARE YOU READY TO THROW AWAY SOME ART? COLLAGE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ABANDON SOME ART! OUR COLLAGE ROCKSTARS ARE ALSO FULL OF IDEAS! STOP IN AND LET US HELP YOU MAKE THE THE WORLD A HAPPIER PLACE!