Anderson Valley Art Guild Open Studios Tour May 24, 25 & 26th Memorial Day Weekend will feature diverse artist's studios. Meet the artist's and see their workshops. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm these days only
From artists Michael Wilson and Susan Spencer as regards, their art assemblage works, the relational paths they take are influeced by dada, surrealism,junk,trash,funk art forms using recycled, repurposed scraps of disjointed antiques to nuts and bolts that are rusted. All these are of use to these artists as part of the process in creating the art they achieve. Here are some quotes which helped inspire them as part of the dialog that sets them apart from other artists working in this context. As follows...
"Dada does not mean anything.. We read in the papers that the Negroes of the Kroo race call the tail of the sacred cow: dada. A cube, and a mother, in certain regions of Italy, are called: Dada. The word for a hobby-horse, a children's nurse, a double affirmative in Russian and Rumanian, is also: Dada."
- Tristan Tzara, Dada Manifesto
"Words emerge, shoulders of words, legs, arms, hands of words. Au, oi, uh. One shouldn't let too many words out. A line of poetry is a chance to get rid of all the filth that clings to this accursed language, as if put there by stockbrokers' hands, hands worn smooth by coins. I want the word where it ends and begins. Dada is the heart of words."
- Hugo Ball's manifesto, read at Zunfthaus zur Waag on July 14th, 1916
"We attempted perfection; we wanted an object to be without flaw, so we cut the papers with a razor, pasted them down meticulously, but it buckled and was ruined... that is why we decided to tear prewrinkled paper, so that in the finished work of art imperfection would be an integral part, as if at birth death were built in."
- Hans Arp from The Artist in his Studio by Alexander Liberman
Dada artists mock the very notion of civilization, and for their audience, the barbarism of the ongoing war confirms the basis of their contempt. At the first public Dada soiree on July 14, 1916, Dada founder Hugo Ball read from the Dada Manifesto: "How does one achieve eternal bliss? By saying dada. How does one become famous? By saying dada. With a noble gesture and delicate propriety. Till one goes crazy. Till one loses consciousness. How can one get rid of everything that smacks of journalism, worms, everything nice and right, blinkered, moralistic, europeanised, enervated? By saying dada. Dada is the world soul, dada is the pawnshop. Dada is the world's best lily-milk