The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Steve Wiman

Received February 28, 2011
Born 1959, Snyder, Texas; lives in Austin

Figure 76. Steve Wiman, A Life in Objects (detail), 2013

Repaired grain sack with found objects, 66" × 22" × 9"

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Matthew Whalen

Q Do I detect a reluctance to alter the found objects in your assemblages? You take great care in the selection, arrangement, and display of these collected objects; but you seem to respect the integrity of the objects too much to change their essential nature, even though you have taken them from their original context or (more likely, I suspect) one of a long line of contexts in their lives.

A I do love the objects I use and I do try to honor them in all of their authentic beauty. It is rare that I alter things, but on occasion it is necessary. I love the subtle color that plastics and fabrics acquire with age. There is no way I know to replicate those tones. As I look around my studio, I realize that what turns me on most is patina—genuine, worn surfaces created through years of use or exposure.

QBittersweet (2004), a complex assemblage of found objects individually pinned to a wall at the Austin Museum of Art in summer 2010, has previously been displayed in a different configuration. Did you do both installations, and how might future installations differ, especially once you are no longer around? Have you left detailed instructions with the museum? How are the individual objects stored? What are your conservation concerns, particularly should individual elements decay beyond viability?

A I have installed the wall piece titled Bittersweet three times. Twice at the Austin Museum of Art and once at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. (That space had housed the Fort Worth Modern until it moved to its new, fabulous home.) It was amazing to be showing work where I had seen many awe-inspiring shows as a young artist. I installed Bittersweet on a wall of the gallery there where I had seen a Donald Lipski installation of objects done sometime in the early 1980s.

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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
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  • Sharon Kopriva 96
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  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • 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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