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Hello everyone, I am currently on a 3-year project of Self-made Ready-made Household DIY. I am building a wardrobe and bathroom sink cabinet. These are Acts of creation, and thanks to Dada, Marcel Duchamps, Picasso, Josef Beuys and the evolution of the Art of the 20th Century, I think we can justify these acts of creation as Art – in fact as ‘Readymades’ or ‘Found Objects’ (which I happened to have been making myself)!

“Definition of ‘Readymade’:
(noun) – A term coined by Marcel Duchamp and, in its most correct use, applied to his work, alone, between 1913 to 1921. From Dada going forward, “ready-made” has been understood to be a common, mass-produced object, such as the urinal and bicycle wheel Duchamp so famously used. However, ready-mades are used in a completely different context than their original, intended functions. Ready-mades are elevated to the status of art simply because the artist says they are art.” See: http://arthistory.about.com/od/glossary_r/g/Definition-of-Ready-Made.htm. See also: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/492875/ready-made.

I will post photos of my re-found ready mades soon. I made these objects, for the household. They could just have remained there and at a later date I could have found them as ‘Found Objects’ (originates from the French ‘objet trouvé’, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_object and http://www.tate.org.uk/learn/online-resources/glossary/f/found-object) and declared them as art, but I have not followed that process, I have accelerated the process, through a thought process – actually this is in-line with Duchamps’ transformation of art form a manual process into an intellectual process. I call these pieces of furniture ‘art’, so they are art! The photos will be exhibited – here in my site, and maybe one day in an art gallery, and so might these actual ‘objets trouvés’ que j’ai trouvé dans ma propre maison et que j’ai fabriqué moi-meme‘, (found objects that I found in my house and that I build my self.) In the mean time, before I rip the built-in furniture out of the house to exhibit it in a gallery, it is in use in my house. But if I can declare it as art (which would be a process that goes hand in hand with placing the object in an art gallery), I can also go a step further and declare my house as an art gallery. Really once can argue that a great work of art is a great work of art whether it is placed in an art gallery or in a house. So these wardrobes and cabinets are in my house and are a works of art. Actually my house is a gallery and my life is art, an art performance. “Jeder Mensch ist ein Kuenstler” – as Joseph Beuys said (I did’nt even know his film made in 1980 had that same title – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjkHYQnxZTE and see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2369872/). My wife is like myself an integral part of that work of art tat my life is, and of course this leads us to Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.’ Beuys was not that original, apart from the fact that he spoke of Visual art (which had absorbed the ‘Performance Art’ genre) rather than Stage Art – which had already earlier absorbed the Visual Arts in the Gesamstkunstwerk in the essays by K. F. E. Trahndorff (1827) and Wagner in 1849 (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesamtkunstwerk).

Anyhow, the point is: my bedroom wardrobe and sink cabinet are Art. And I also happen to have made them myself. Or rather, I am in the completion phase of a 3 year process. And if you want to call this process Performance Art that is fine too. (See my photos soon). One could say that I made them as wardrobe and sink cabinet. And I found them later so as art pieces they are ‘found objects’ (‘objets trouvés’).  One could however also argue that I made them as art objects, that I subsequently used as useful pieces of storage furniture, after which I declare them ‘objets trouvés’ and as art. Anyhow, writing about this makes me feel a bit more artistic, as daily householders’ life (that includes living with wardrobes and cabinets) becomes a little less average.  Maybe it is comparable to Courbet who ‘revolutionarised’ art by being the first who made ‘realist’ objects and people – experienced as part of his immediate daily surroundings – the main focus of his art – and moved away from the classic history painting. Now the objects I live with in my household become the ready-made art, even though I pick those objects that I happen to have made myself in my weekend, do-it-yourself house-improvement activities. It made the Ready-made ‘handicraft’ again 🙂

Robbert Ruigrok

Born in Brussels (1960), from Dutch and Italian parents, Robbert Ruigrok lives and works in London. His work fluctuates between abstraction and figuration and expresses the tension and dynamics between the world of ideals and the realities of human experience and perception. This work is a search for values that can take shape in this reality – despite the very challenging circumstances of the 21st century. In that battle, the occasional victories are like rivers streaming forward despite – or thanks to – their banks: our human limitations, sometimes even failures. Please feel free to comment or email: robbert_ruigrok@yahoo.co.uk

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~ by Robbert Ruigrok on March 1, 2015.

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