Key Note Lecture: Portable Art

What existing Art is there that can be used portably? Not just seeing things as decor but something which has multiple purposes or can even change appearance? Hidden meanings/depth behind the cover?

This lecture has given me a real insight into the world of portable art, it’s made me consider more not just about the appearance and concept but how it could potentially be used, looked at in multiple places/ways and read by different people.

The Venus of Willendorf, made between 28,000 and 25,000 Bc.

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Used for?  – A fertility charm, feet broken off (11.1cm)

A female figurine, Goddess maybe? The statue has an enlarged stomach and breasts, its pubic area is greatly emphasized, probably serving as a representative of procreativity, and the red ochre pigment covering it has been thought to symbolize or serve as menstrual blood seen as a life giving agent.

Portable Altar, 1190-1200

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Idea of when everyone arrives, you run away with it. Letters of importance?

Netsuke, V&A London collection.

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Japanese way of dressing comono. Legendary way characters to the everyday objects.

Was attached to the end of a small decorative container called an inro, stopping the weight of the inro from slipping through the waist sash (obi). The cord was passed round the back of the sash, and the netsuke hooked over the edge.

was attached to the end of a small decorative container called an inro, stopping the weight of the inro from slipping through the waist sash. The cord was passed round the back of the sash, and the netsuke hooked over the edge.

Slinkachu, Fantastic Voyage, 2011

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-Landscape, scale, humour.

Portable Galleries – Levi Fisher Ames. Inspired by exotic animals, both real and imaginative, you can travel as you see them. -The American flea Circus.

Joseph Cornell, Penny Arcade, 1946

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-Marcel Duchamp – The Urinal, Boite en valice.

George Maciunas, Flux box, 1960’s

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Peter Blake, A museum for myself, 1982.

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‘Artwork which ressembles yourself and your friends.

Blake’s work often crosses the line of blurring and/or creates a sense of obsessive collecting. His collages often have a jigsaw like quality and have a tendency towards delicacy.

Ray Johnson – Artwork related to death.

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