Ronnie Weeks – Assemblage Art
My history in art is really short. Other than doing some pencil drawings and a little bit of water color, that’s all I’ve ever done until I started doing this assemblage work. I have no art schooling… I took a drawing class back when I was in junior high and that is the full extent of my art training.
I always loved old things, old architectural salvage: metal, wood, part of something that came off an old antique wardrobe, an old door off of a barn. It’s always been a challenge to take a pile of junk that most people would want to bury in a landfill or torch it…. take those things that no longer have the value or the purpose that they originally started with, and send them in a whole other direction with a new value, a new purpose, and give them a new life … I really enjoy that.
So now a canvas for me is an old shutter off an old building in France, or a foundry mold that came in from Detroit. I start on that canvas and just go crazy on them. As an assemblage artist you really have to have a lot of inventory to pick from. So, I’ve had to have a warehouse size space to be creative in and I live there also. When you have this much inventory to choose from it’s great, but you can’t be digging through it every time you need something… you have to have it laid out and somewhat organized. For me it’s kind of a trial and error process. I can get a little idea going, and put it on the table. I’ll take a box around and start collecting up stuff that I think might really put something together here. I just go hunting around the studio and start digging into things and that’s kind of how it happens.