Princeton Professor Finds Extraordinary Art in Ordinary Things

Ilene Dube | October 3, 2013 | More Issues
Stuff accumulated through a lifetime provides basis for installation comprised of everyday objects

Princeton Professor David Dobkin
One man’s junk is another man’s collectible. And one man’s collection of stuff — restaurant menus, snow globes, bottle caps, AAA and AARP membership cards, scores of photos of people in phone books…and much, much more — is the basis of an art installation running through October 4 at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Ilene Dube of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight, looks at the work of David Dobkin, dean of faculty at Princeton and a professor of computer science, who finds meaning and symbolism and artistic expression in everyday objects — a Don Mattingly figure, a necktie covered with pennies, license plates, hotel-room keycards…the detritus and paraphernalia of our culture and our daily life.