I went dumpster diving last night.
My youth group minister, Tim, set up a table full of free CDs and cassette tapes he no longer wanted. Fellow students rummaged through, clutching their favorite bands’ CDs in arm. I picked through slowly and asked if I could just keep the empty and/or broken leftovers.
Tim directed me to the trash can full of empty cases. I searched it for about five minutes and snatched up all of the cassette tapes off the table. I filled two Wal-Mart bags and sketched some ideas into my journal until the service started.
According to Austin Kleon, every artist is asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” and the honest artist answers, “I steal them.”
The fact is – there is no originality. Everything is built on what came before.
Before I hop into a project for these cassettes, I’d like to look at what the world has to offer. I’d like to see what’s worth “stealing” and what isn’t.
Things Organized Neatly is my favorite Tumblr blog, so I’ve taken an immediate liking to Jim Golden’s Cassette Tape Collection. I think I covet the process of recording precise measurements and selecting the order of the tapes.
On a more humorous note, I learned about Paris-based artist Benoit Jammes. He creates pop culture referenced art. He says “It was sound art that became visual!” – the exact reason I see so much potential in this project.
I have responded immensely to Gregor Hildebrandt’s work, specifically these 2010 works “führe mich sanft…(Tocotronic)” and “gib mir einen Trunkttrank (Tocotronic)”. Each canvas is 279×179 centimeters of pure cassette tape dispersion – talk about dedication to a piece.
With this project, I would like to communicate the concept of sound in a visual, tangible way like Jammes. Perhaps adopt the neatness of Golden’s work and aim for the sophistication Hildebrandt claims.
I will share behind-the-scenes sketches on my Instagram and further work on my blog.