The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Jonathan Rosenstein

Received September 19, 2012
Born 1959, Brooklyn; lives in Houston

Figure 61. Jonathan Rosenstein, Texas Barbed Wire, 1994

Brass, iron, tin, wood, aluminum, steel, chrome, copper, rubber,
ceramic, 13" × 18¼" × 5"

Collection of Chris Akin

Photograph: Chris Akin

Q Why do you identify yourself as an Abstract Expressionist? What do you have in common with the first generation Abstract Expressionists?

A My work I define as Abstract Expressionist action sculpture because I feel that there is a kinetic energy and resonance between the elements. I use sculptural elements much like Pollock or de Kooning used paint: to create my own iconography, resonance, and light.

My use of found or consumer objects as elements in my sculpture, randomly placed, makes what I do much like John Chamberlain or Mark di Suvero, whom I strongly identify with. Abstract Expressionist painters and sculptors employ elements in their work to express raw emotion and conceptual content.

Q What appeals to you about new, store-bought objects to use in your work?

A There is a sanctity to the new elements because they are not altered by use. New, fresh objects are like a clean canvas that enables me to do what I want. Also, consumer objects have their own history and meaning that are incorporated into the work.

Q How did your parents influence your direction in life?

A My father, Isaac Harris Rosenstein, and mother, Sheila Rosenstein, dedicated their lives to art and artists. My father was editor of ARTnews magazine in the sixties and later ran the Rice Museum that evolved into the Menil Collection, where he was in publications. My mother was involved in the early promotion of artists like Paul Kittelson, Tim Glover, and Noah Edmundson when she ran the rental sales gallery at CAMH [Contemporary Arts Museum Houston] in the early eighties. They became famous and powerful artists. Later my mother continued her support of the Houston art community, selling

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
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  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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