By Gillian Whiteley
Found and ephemeral fabrics are basically linked to assemblage - object-based practices which emerged within the mid-1950s and culminated within the seminal exhibition The paintings of Assemblage in big apple in 1961. With its deployment of the discarded and the filthy, Whiteley argues, assemblage has been seen as a disruptive, transgressive artform that engaged with narratives of social and political dissent, usually within the face of modernist condemnation as valueless kitsch. within the Sixties, parallel thoughts flourished in Western Europe, the USA and Australia however the idiom of assemblage and the re-use of chanced on fabrics and items - with artist as bricoleur - is simply as customary now. it is a well timed ebook that uncovers the etymology of waste and the cultures of disposability inside those economies of wealth.
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