Michael Jones McKean

Channelling Joseph Cornell

Channelling Joseph Cornell

Left: Joseph Cornell’s Untitled (Soap Bubble Set), 1936; Right: Michael Jones McKean’s “Young Saints and Garden,” 2009

Questioning the 2-D or 3-D-ness of something may seem arbitrary; Really it’s up to the artist. But when the artist works both ways, how does he or she decide? Take a look at Joseph Cornell, the famous assemblage artist. While he’s best known for his boxes that contained arrangements of objects, photos and Victorian bric-a-brac, his works on paper similarly combined elements both formal and surreal. It was his move to the 3-Dimensional world, however, that elevated and solidified his status as an artist.