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The Dada Portraits

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The Dada Portraits: plate 07, Tristan Tzara, 2010 Archival Ink Jet Print 104 X 72 Cm
The Dada Portraits

137 Tecumseth Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2H2
Canada
October 21st, 2010 - December 4th, 2010
Opening: October 21st, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Continuing with his ongoing investigation of visual taxonomies, Arnaud Maggs’ exhibition features a new series of archival ink jet prints that mark a watershed moment for the artist.  The Dada Portraits are based on a recent discovery of a collection of 19th century French diagrammatic drawings used as educational tools for carpenters.  Each “little exploded drawing” is a partial cross-section of a wooden dwelling.  The edges of their vaulted roofs extend into oblique planes and subsequently rotate in space to reveal impossible perspectives and complex geometries.  Of these lattices of superimposed forms, Maggs recognized their anthropomorphic qualities, from Cubist heads, to Constructivist faces, to Dada experiments, or even portraits of their major players.  Though these drawings share affinities with the graphic sensibilities of the Dadaists—such as the fractured figures in Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase—Maggs’ cool yet intimate image-based studies of his “ready-made” subjects follow a similar Dadaist impulse.  His renaming of each drawing after the celebrated figures of the Zurich, Berlin and Paris undergrounds is a playful gesture that, like photography, is a way to modify these found documents into something of his own.