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Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters

Detritus is a fancy word for garbage. It’s usually used a biology term to describe refuse within an environment although artists like to use it because it sounds better than trash.

Many artists have used detritus (in the form of scrounged objects or found objects), but most notable are Kurt Schwitters use of found objects in his piece Merzbau and many of Robert Rauschenberg‘s assemblages.

One of the most recent stabs at collecting detritus can be found in the magazine aptly named Found Magazine. They have a community of readers/collectors who find interesting scraps of people lives and send them in to the magazine that then turns around and publishes the findings.


This Week

Dec. 12 - Dec. 19, 2008
UT Dallas (Art Gallery)
Fall Arts Festival

Opening reception Dec. 12 @ 6:30 pm

Artillary Retrospective