Assemblage

Defining Assemblage: a collection of persons or things. The act of assembling or being assembled. An artistic composition made from scraps, odds and ends or objects.

The French artist Jean Dubuffet first used the term assemblage to describe a method of turning found objects into three-dimensional structures.


The debate about what is a collage versus an assemblage also began at that time. Dubuffet referred to his butterfly works as assemblages though art historians seem to prefer the term collage.


Many of these artists describe their assemblages as impulses, and find it necessary to pick of some of the material that will later be used in their art. They give many of these materials a "second" chance at being remember or used. Much of the material used in these assemblages are unwanted pieces of trash or garbage.

Here are Several different artists:

Raoul Hausmann
Raoul Hausmann
After Wood, Robert Hudson
After Wood, Robert Hudson
Robert Rauschenberg - 'Canyon', 1959
Robert Rauschenberg - 'Canyon', 1959