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Duchamp got me into the flea market business

June 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Art, Collectibles, FleaMarket, Inspiration

Duchamp as priest with quote

Working as potters for years our ideas about art were strongly tied up with skill and with hard work. So when I saw¬†Marcel Duchamp’s urinal, a found object that he had submitted to a salon show, I couldn”t believe it. Duchamp found this urinal and called it his sculpture? He had to be kidding. He didn”t skillfully make it. He didn’t work hard. He thought the object was art; did that make it art? This idea has caused a shift that turned my life upside down. Up was down and down was somewhere, I was just too tipsy to say. A quote I found of Duchamp’s helped me get my head around the idea. Quote: “I have forced myself to contradict myself to avoid conforming to my own taste”. I began feeling my potter’s life was wrong. I knew that a found object could change your life. It happened to me when I started bringing medical objects home. Pottery was never the same for me after that. I started adding found objects to my clay forms, but the clay didn”t like it. The tubular forms of clay turned into telescope tubes.

Stretching It sculpture by W. Lair

It was then that I knew my days as a potter would end. The found object became the art object for me. The next step was a short step. I would find objects, enjoy them as art and pass them on. I found myself in the flea market business.

Bill’s words

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