joseph cornell surrealistic boxes ms. stanberry reference:
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DESCRIPTIONBehind The Boxes “By collecting and carefully juxtaposing found objects in small, glass-front boxes, Cornell created visual poems in which surface, form, texture, and light play together. Using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” Untitled (Soap Bubble Set) 1936
Joseph Cornell Joseph Cornell Surrealistic BoxesSurrealistic Boxes
Ms. StanberryMs. Stanberry
About the ManAbout the Man He was not a He was not a
sculptor, a draftsman, sculptor, a draftsman, or a painter. This or a painter. This internationally known internationally known artist was never artist was never formally trained. formally trained.
He was first and He was first and foremost a collector.foremost a collector.
The oldest of four The oldest of four children he grew up children he grew up in Nyack, New York. in Nyack, New York.
Music was a large Music was a large influence in his influence in his family. family.
Behind The BoxesBehind The Boxes““By collecting and By collecting and
carefully juxtaposing carefully juxtaposing found objects in small, found objects in small, glass-front boxes, glass-front boxes, Cornell created visual Cornell created visual poems in which surface, poems in which surface, form, texture, and light form, texture, and light play together. Using play together. Using things we can see, things we can see, Cornell made boxes Cornell made boxes about things we cannot about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” fantasies, and dreams.”
Untitled (Soap Bubble Set) 1936
““He was a kind of He was a kind of magician, turning magician, turning everyday objects into everyday objects into mysterious treasures. mysterious treasures. In Homage to the In Homage to the Romantic Ballet, Romantic Ballet, plastic ice cubes plastic ice cubes become jewels when become jewels when set in a velvet-lined set in a velvet-lined box, souvenirs of a box, souvenirs of a famous ballerina's famous ballerina's midnight performance midnight performance on the frozen Russian on the frozen Russian steppe.”steppe.”
-Joan Summers-Joan SummersHomage to theRomantic Ballet, 1942
Tilly Losch c. 1935
L'Egypte de Mlle Cleo de Merode, cours élémentaire d'histoire naturelle 1940
Untitled (Medici Boy) 1942-52
Untitled (The Hotel Eden) c. 1945
Works Inspired By CornellWorks Inspired By Cornell
Plastic, 2006Tika Simonebox construction, my imagination
This box is about the real and the fake or plastic world we live in. What I've learned by doing this project is with art you have to start with one idea and expand, rather than starting with several ideas and narrow it down.
I enjoyed this project and find Cornell very interesting.
Snow Woods, 2006Klara Henrybox construction
This box represents woods on a winter night. I brought in a wolf, two bear cubs, and a bear adult. I put tree branches, painted a lake, put some rocks in, and put a skeleton in as well to make a forest.
Jerry Garcia-inspired Cornell Box, 2010Morgan Butts
This semester one of our final projects was to create a Joseph Cornell box about somebody we felt passionate about. Whether it was passionate love or hate was up to us to decide. While many of my classmates were upset we could not choose family members, I knew right away who I would choose. Choosing Jerry Garcia was just as good as choosing my dad because I knew he would love it.