Saturday, October 9, 2010

Surrealism by dax

Artist - dax
Medium - pencil, watercolor
Statement - Surrealism is my life. Heavily influenced by Dali.

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  1. All are welcome. Those who are interested in art and its function.

    The image is imbedded with meaning and symbols for us to translate. I can without a doubt associate my own personal thoughts into the imagery, the humming bird with a human head, which I presume is a self-portrait, the heart riding on the back, the cob webs on the buttock and the glowing red eyes certainly speak about some personal private possibly romantic angst. But at best, that is a guess based on my association of the imagery. And probably nothing close to your thoughts or idea behind this picture.

    There is the adage, that ambiguity rules art. That an artist does not have to reveal everything, that less is more and that leaving things for the viewer to translate can actually engage your audience more. The use of metaphors and symbolism that direct the viewer to the concept / idea was foremost for the Surrealist and Dadaist artists. They were deeply interested in visual communication and how to get ideas of conscious and unconscious thought across. The scholar Anna Balakian wrote about the French poet Andre Breton and his end aim of Surrealism: "He foresaw as the ultimate achievement . . . the marriage of the two states, in appearance so contradictory, of dream and reality, into one sort of absolute reality which he called surreality" (Balakian126).
    Which I think is a wonderful definition of a very complex art movement.

    Breton, a prolific author wrote the Surrealist Manifesto and was the core of the movement, both literary and visual. With whom you should familiarize yourself.
    Understanding the surrealist writers will help you understand the diversity of the surrealist painters. Just comparing the work of Miro to De Chirico to Dali will show the range of pictorial imagery these artists used.
    The painters were also very aware of using visual devices that guide the viewer into the work, often familiar imagery that they would build a metaphorical story around challenging the audience perception of reality.

    I think it is admirable that you have an idea and direction in which you would like to see your art go. It is important for an artist to find a direction and pursue it, allowing it to lead them into new areas of personal expression. But as we emulate those we admire we need to understand in content and in form what those artists were saying or what we produce becomes merely a kitsch imitation. I would suggest trying to see your work from your audience’s point of view, asking yourself questions about what I think I am communicating and what I am actually getting across.

    I listed some links that you may find interesting.

    Giorgio De Chiricos, The Disquieting Muses

    Salvador Dali’s, The Ecumenical Council.

    Joan Miro’s, Blue Number 2