Item description for The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds by Joan Sommers & Ascha Drake...
Working with found objects, pages from old books, and dime-store trinkets, self-taught artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) transformed everyday materials into extraordinary universes. By collecting and carefully juxtaposing his treasures in small, glass-front boxes, this pioneering artist invented visual poems exploring themes as varied as the night sky, the romantic ballet, glamorous movie stars, and bird habitats. A lavishly illustrated and collaged book presents Cornell's life and art, his sources of inspiration, and artistic process, along with six project ideas. Housed in a sturdy keepsake box with a see-through front window and removable grid, the package also includes materials to jump-start the creative process—printed sheets for collage, a metal ring, antique tags, and a magnifier.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Oct 28, 2006
Publisher Cider Mill Press
ISBN 1933662425 ISBN13 9781933662428
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan Sommers & Ascha Drake
Joan Sommers is a book designer and the author of the "Henri Rousseau Tunnel Book" and "A Sunday on La Grand Jatte Tunnel Book,"" "She lives in Chicago.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds?
Too Nice To Work On.. Dec 8, 2007
I got this at the Getty Museum, Joseph Cornell being one of my favorite artists. I loved the selection of clipart which I made copies of & used in my own collages. The box itself,well,I just like having it on display on a shelf in my room. There is also a very nicely detailed book with background about the artist as well as ideas for making your own box,by using the one in the kit (or making your own,which I'll probably end up doing.) A unique introduction to an equally unique artist,that would make a great gift for artistic types &/or fans of Cornell's work.
a lot of opportunities Jun 10, 2007
I think the book/kit is beautifully put together. It's a wonderful way for children and adults to learn about Cornell's life and work, gaining a sense of clarity about an artist whose personal mythology could so easily be considered inaccessible.
A little bit frightening... Apr 4, 2007
One of my design students brought the box part of this set into class as a base for a prototype this evening... while an interesting artifact, the concept of it is a bit frightening. Reducing Cornell's -- or any other artist's -- vision into an ersatz how-to kit not only undermines the brilliance and significance of the work of the artist, but completely defeats the process of artistic self-discovery and exploration on the part of the student. While this box-set looks good at twenty-feet, a better route would be to read-up on Cornell and other self-taught artists in more robust texts (Howard Finster, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Jacques Henri Lartigue... all of whom have books on this site) and use this insight to forge one's own artistic path in life... one that derives inspiration from the artist themselves rather than from a how-to kit.
Great Introduction to the Artist Feb 21, 2007
I wouldn't recommend this book necessarily to serious artists, but for a person beginning their first tentative steps toward collage and assemblage, this kit would be a good introduction. It includes a full-color book with lots of images and descriptions of Cornell's works and life. The kit itself provides materials for taking a first step toward creating found art. This would be particularly good for a young person as a way to introduce them to Cornell.
Looks better online Jan 15, 2007
Interesting example of artists work but carboard box is flimsy and not as authentic as I expected. Looked better online.