September 5

Make Art a Part…Week 4

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Der Dada

This week, my work with the Make Art a Part e-course had me reading about “education.”  Kaitlyn present a concise overview of art history, media and color and then asks, “Visit this web page.  Click on one of the art historical periods – each page will offer you a couple artists and images that represent that period.  Choose an image that you like and research that artist.  Write a couple paragraphs about him or her.  Include facts that you find interesting, but also discuss why this style of art affects you.”

 ABCD – Raoul Hausmann

I was overwhelmed when I saw the Wikipedia list of Art Periods.  I scrolled down the list and saw “Dada – 1916-1930.”  I’d heard of this before, but never knew what the period and art was about.  I was fascinated.  This artistic movement developed in Europe at a time when the horror of World War I was being played out.   Loosely banded together, these writers and artists used any public forum they could find to defy and spit on nationalism, rationalism and materialism.  They were fed up with the society and order that brought the world to the senselessness of World War I, and they wanted no part of it, including artistic traditions.  

Raoul Hausmann (1886-1971)

Raoul Hausmann was a key artist in Berlin Dada.  One of the techniques he used was photomontage…making pictures from cut-up photographs.  This became one of the forms most associated with Berlin Dada,  Raoul Hausmann was the first editor of Der Dada, a periodical of drawings, poems and other writings.

 The Mechanical Head (Spirit of Our Age) – Raoul Hausmann

The Mechanical Head (Spirit of Our Age) is one of Hausmann’s most famous works.  Constructed from a hairdresser’s wig-making dummy, it has various measuring devices attached including a ruler, pocket watch mechanism, typewriter and camera segments and a crocodile wallet.  I think it’s intriguing commentary of what determines “thought” in Western culture.

I find this style of art compelling because I’m interested in this period of history and how the art so perfectly reflects that turbulant time..the prelude to our modern age, for better or worse.  I also find this style of art intriguing because it ushered in so many of the styles and techniques that I love and use myself, in particular, collage.

This week’s creation exercise was stitching.  I chose the needle felting project.  Isn’t this little alien cute?

If you’d like to participate in this e-course, you may register at any time.  Once registered, you’ll have access to the full course for one year.  You can complete it at your own pace.  The cost is $45.00 and you can sign up here.  Kaitlyn also had a wonderful blog, isavirtue.

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2 Responses to " Make Art a Part…Week 4"

  • houndstooth says:

    I love the felt alien!

    I remember studying Dada in college and it’s a fascinating art period. Some of the statements made were too bold and garish for me to appreciate when I was actually in college, but now I can look at it differently and see some of the meanings behind more of it. I like that it was a movement that expanded so many ideas about art that existed before then.

    • lori says:

      Thank you for the compliment on my first needle felting project. It was A LOT of fun.

      The early part of the 20th century fascinates me. What a period in history! Monarchies falling, modern warfare, technology. I’m familiar with how it affected literature but had never examined the art.


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