Some Odd Things I Keep…in the name of art, of course

I commented this morning on Allan's blog: http://my.opera.com/ricewood/blog/vintage-computers
that I had taken apart my old computer, thrown the plastic outer case into the recycle bin, and kept the inside parts for a future art project or to use as a reference to put in a painting. Here is one photo of what was inside my old computer. I'm sure some of you will know what it is.

Then, of course, here are a few of my car parts I keep on hand for the same reason. I don't know the names of these parts either…well, except for the carburator:

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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49 Responses to Some Odd Things I Keep…in the name of art, of course

  1. PainterWoman says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† The gray thing in the upper right.

  2. gdare says:

    :sst: Which one is carburator?:D

  3. gdare says:

    It was a joke, I knew it :P:sst: thanks

  4. PainterWoman says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  5. Dudley says:

    That's easy. You have a:1) Anti-furberator2) Thingamabob (other parts of the country call it a thingmajig)3) Doohickey4) Whaโ€™chโ€™maโ€™callโ€™it5) Gizmo6) Doodad7) Electro-static ouch that hurta!;)

  6. lokutus-prime says:

    There's a breadboard there I seeand it's covered in cookies, maybe? ๐Ÿ˜†

  7. edwardpiercy says:

    The Temple of Junk! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. ricewood says:

    Loku, that's not a breadboard, it's called broadband!Seriously, is it not true that art made from different items from daily life is called "assemblage"?

  9. wickedlizard says:

    I love those things inside of computers – I can't wait to get my hands on one! They remind me of miniature cities! ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess I should pull out a few of my odd things too. :left: ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. lokutus-prime says:

    Seriously, is it not true that art made from different items from daily life is called "assemblage"?No, Allan, it's called resemblage ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. ricewood says:

    Of course, Loku. Who could ever feel alone and without help in the world with a friend like you?

  12. lokutus-prime says:

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ thanks for that

  13. PainterWoman says:

    You have all cracked me up today with your comments!Thanks for making my day.

  14. lokutus-prime says:

    making your dayis our wayof getting youback to play :happy:

  15. ellinidata says:

    :lol:Pam,these models were crushing if an ant was going inside them!! ๐Ÿ˜† I recall in our office we got the baby ants and we were watching them like hauks!!! thanks for the memory lane,Allans was the beginning… I honder how it is going to end ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. AOTEAROAnz says:

    LOL …nah nah …the 'doohicky' is definetly a 'whosy whats it' :eyes:

  17. thatgirl says:

    Painter, Don't feel so bad keeping things for an reference. I sucker for that back home I would pick up bits of Farm Machinery or go to an junkyard and any thing else I see I fancy and photograh it and keep them on CD and when I need something unusual machinen in paniting or drawing I call up them pixs and use them as an reference. I do have some very unusual reference as in shell caseing from differnt kinda guns and bullets and bombs and my family really dont get it with me because I have steel door back home with this thick glass what was use for something wicket i sure but its cool. I hope to one day when I own place i can put them on my house or unit. Its so cool I like rusty metel and Machinery i just love useing em in renders and stuff So if got any more like to share do close up love to see em.

  18. BabyJay99 says:

    :eyes: :up:

  19. thatgirl says:

    Oh I tell you funny storyOnce I was driveing in my car what in fact is very bad shape because every one in my family learn to drive in it and it was my dad first car here so its kinda real beat up. So one day while driveing back out of town I pulled on gasmask I just brought and went past a cop who made me pulled over. So he came to window and saw me and he got nasty fright like jump back from door i swear he would grab his gun he ask me to step out of car and I did. Then I got ask to take mask off and I did and he look at me said "Oh its you Mel, I was woundering who was". So yeah I little strange and people know me for being even stranger I even done so stuff i think strange is not stupid just being creative so yeah we just creative beans

  20. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you all for your support of a small percentage of my collections….or keepsakes, if you will. I truly don't feel bad that I keep this stuff. It's only when loving family members wish to help and rid me of it that I start to feel bad. Considering what I have seen on Dr. Phil or other shows about people who save things…too many things…a hundred times more than I……I am not a 'hoarder' like the ones depicted. I am maybe 5% of what they are. My family members need to see these shows and they would realize this and not be so judgmental. They forget the times I have asked for help and no one could. Then when they come over unexpectedly and see dishes in my sink or dust on my furniture, and me outside mowing my own grass, or inside fixing my own toilet or painting a wall, they think I am losing it. Granted, I am not organized and if my collections were in a more orderly fashion, people wouldn't see them as junk to be tossed out. Recently, someone was actually over helping me. Much of what they picked up to toss in the garbage I would say 'No, that's for an art project'. This happened several times. He said 'So everything I pick up is for art?'. I said 'No, just some things'. He said 'Mom, this is stupid'. I said 'No, it is not…it is me…and I am not stupid.'

  21. thatgirl says:

    There always line to people who dont understand the creative mind, we look at things differntly then what they see. For the one who said every thing is is missing on how you think. For me I dress the way I feel like and even even wear my hair the way I want and come cross alot times to people odd and stand out. Yes you ccould label me goth or eno what ever you like but its not who iam. So for your son to say that to you kinda dint see you stupid to him its junk and to you its tools so dont worry about that to much just if say it again say to him you think his car or something he like is junk and ee what he say

  22. shushio says:

    … ''Granted, I am not organized and if my collections were in a more orderly fashion, people wouldn't see them as junk to be tossed out. Recently, someone was actually over helping me. Much of what they picked up to toss in the garbage I would say 'No, that's for an art project'. This happened several times. He said 'So everything I pick up is for art?'. I said 'No, just some things'. He said 'Mom, this is stupid'. I said 'No, it is not…it is me…and I am not stupid.' …''no you are not … you are you and exactly how you need to be, to be you.I am always bemused by peope who say you should live a life the way they see it. You are not living their life, you are living your own. You only get one shot at the living of it … and it seems to me that as long as you cause no harm to others, you should live it in a way that makes you happy.All those ''boundaries'' and solutions that others place on you or give you, is about them, and what makes them comfortable in life. It doesn't follow that those ''boundaries'' or solutions are going to make your life comfortable or happy. You helped me out with something the other day, made me look at something in a slightly different way. So that I could see people also can sometimes try to show you ways to handle emotions their way, out of love … but the result is the same. You end up reacting or living in a way that is not really you … for other people, not yourself.It made me able to go deal with something, that had predictable results, but I didn't care this time around. It is just something they are going to have to get their heads around.You are you Pam and you see with an eye for shape and form when you look at things. The things you collect have a purpose.And if you did want help with something, then it has to be the help you want … not the help they think you want. That is no help at all.-

  23. PainterWoman says:

    Mel, be careful driving when you're wearing a mask.:D Shu, thanks. It has been a long process for me to set boundaries for people. I know my boundaries with their lives but only learned through trial and error, and too many years, how to keep them from crossing mine.Carlos, ok, you got me. Which is the clutch plate? The round thing in the front?

  24. Suntana says:

    I have some Knick Knacks lying around myself.One odd one that I'm still keeping around for who knows what reason, is one of the original GOLD Energizer Batteries. Remember? They were Gold before they switched to the current Silver color. So, I think this battery is from like the 80s! :yikes: You think maybe some Movie Studio would buy it from me, a genuine original Gold Energizer Battery for a set … for $2,000 or thereabouts? ๐Ÿ˜† My parents still have my original Electric Guitar, which if I recall correctly, was bought when I was in the 4th Grade. It's not exactly remotely in good playing condition, but it's around nevertheless. I mean, it doesn't look quite as Bad as the Clutch Plate you have in your picture :insane: … but, it's no longer in condition to be up on stage.

  25. Suntana says:

    Yep, the Clutch Plate is the nasty round thing front & center.

  26. PainterWoman says:

    I am purposely leaving these things out in the elements. Can you tell I like rust? Somewhere I have some photos of rusty old farm equipment. I'll find them eventually. At least the car parts are small and they fit on an old kitchen table.

  27. thatgirl says:

    Yeah I watch my self why wearing them masks and I very carefull. Hmm I fan of rust to might post some my renders one these days to let you see

  28. DBabbit says:

    ๐Ÿ˜† I'll have to take pictures of my "junk/craft room" I am a collector of things I will eventually use in art projects, and with no room to store stuff, things end up getting piled on the porch. I seriously need a storage shed! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. PainterWoman says:

    Babs, please do. Ed Piercy had a post called 'Indiana Ed and the Temple of Junk' or something like that, and he posted photos of all sorts of odds and ends. That was when I started taking photos of some of the things I keep. Finally, I think I feel better. I thought I was better earlier in the week but had a relapse.

  30. Weatherlawyer says:

    Hillbilly art. Better than the Damien Hurst stuff I suppose. Best thing that happened to modern art was the burning down of the Saachi warehouse full of it.I remember seeing some photos of modern art in school umpteen years ago and thinking I could make stuff like that if I had a bike seat and some tubing. Would it have to be brand new though?Then the art teacher went on about US motor cars having built in obsolescense. (Not sure he was indicating the coming of Neo-Rusticism?)Here is Exhibit A:http://www.station-drivers.com/page/Sc_152_0.jpgA technological work of art but not a keeper, despite its going rate in the late 1990's. You can't give them away these days. A pack of DVD blanks would cost as much.

  31. PainterWoman says:

    It doesn't have to be brand new. Old and used is better. I prefer calling it art with found objects, or installation/assemblage art or, better yet, environmental art. The name of the artist who started this escapes me at the moment. His work goes for hundreds of thousands of dollars. I like to think all creative people are helping the environment by making use of stuff other people throw away. One of our city dumps even has a sculpture garden of assemblages various people put together from junk. I have seen life size horses made from car parts or washer and dryer parts or driftwood and wire. The Phoenix Art Museum has one of those in the lobby. I'll have to find my photos of these.

  32. PainterWoman says:

    Horse sculpture made with found objects in Phoenix Art Museum lobby:http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielgreene/332400697/in/set-72157594437015997/

  33. PainterWoman says:

    Deborah Butterfield horse made from found pieces of steel:http://www.nevadaart.org/exhibitions/exhibition_display.php?id=83

  34. PainterWoman says:

    I knew I'd find it: Marcel Duchamp. I had to look up the name of his painting 'Nude Descending a Staircase'. He was also famous for what he called 'readymades'. Here is one of them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_Wheel

  35. PainterWoman says:

    Driftwood horses by UK artist, Heather Jansch:http://www.jansch.freeserve.co.uk/index.htm

  36. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Loku. I am very much enjoying the comments on this. Plus it reminds me to do searches of things I remember seeing. There was an artist who displayed her horse sculptures at a gallery in Sedona, Arizona. She made them all with washer and dryer parts and car parts. They were, in fact, larger than life size. I took some photos but cannot find them and, so far, have not found her website.

  37. lokutus-prime says:

    Pam, this post is simply amazing! :happy: It has brought in clever and witty and creative responses and it also allows me/us to see those links you placed here. :yes:Thanks, Pam, your blog is a delightful place :up:

  38. shushio says:

    … ''Driftwood horses by UK artist, Heather Jansch'' …… these are amazing. They had a piece recently showing them photographed against/in the sea. I can't find the link – but this link to pic in a paper gives a taste.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/3532965/Driftwood-brings-horse-sculptures-to-life.html

  39. lokutus-prime says:

    …but reading back I can see that Pam had in fact mentioned the artist…. :doh: I will now delete my post for I dont wish to imply any credit for mentioning the UK sculptor :up:Sorry Pam – didn't see your link there. I must get a new pair of glasses :faint:

  40. lokutus-prime says:

    Pam there's also an amazing British artist who sculpts in…. well now, I'm tickling your curiosity now ๐Ÿ™‚ but I want to use the pics I saw – over here – from a daily news paper in my blog I'm just about to post. I'm mentioning your blog (this post) and will say the discussion about horse sculptures reminded me of what I had seen lately on the news over here in UK ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. shushio says:

    … well that explains why one minute I could see the article – the next not.:D

  42. lokutus-prime says:

    Thanks Pam, but it's not now in context with what I had blogged and I had missed seeing your link about Heather Jansch and had I left my original comments in here and posted the blog it would have perhaps implied I was making a blog out of your excellent news and I didn't want that to happen, so I'll leave it deleted. I'm sure you will agree that the driftwood sculptures by the British artist are amazing! :happy:

  43. Weatherlawyer says:

    You must have a dirty mind.

  44. PainterWoman says:

    Thanks Loku. You really didn't have to.:) I wish I knew the artist of the horse in the Phoenix Art Museum. As many times as I've been there, I've never written it down. The last time I was at the Arizona State University Art Museum, I did not see Deborah Butterfields found object horse. They said it was temporarily in storage.

  45. PainterWoman says:

    WeatherLawyer: No, none of it is my work. I was just linking to artists who did 'found object art'. Oh, and as to Nude Descending a Staircase, hmmm…I can see it clearly. ๐Ÿ˜€ Shu: Yes, her work is amazing.:cool: Loku: No need to apologize and no need to delete your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. PainterWoman says:

    No, just an artistic one.:p

  47. Weatherlawyer says:

    I thought this was a stag's skull at first:http://my.opera.com/PainterWoman/albums/showpic.dml?album=642906&picture=8772633Hmm… Well on the sidebar it looked different.

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