D is for Dada

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

D is for Dada, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

D is for Dada, calligraphic illumination by Amy Crook

I was thinking of cheating and using Art Deco for my D but some googling around reminded me of the Dada art movement and all its wacky semi-political cut-and-paste collage. I got some 5-cent BART tickets from my roommate, who is a great source for all sorts of useful things, and dug through my own art supply hoard for a sheet of Chinese New Year paper. The letter itself echoes my original intent, using an Art Deco-esque font, but in a very Dada manner.

I’m thinking of trimming all of these down to 5″x5″, doing an ampersand, and then displaying them in a 3×9 grid of square black frames. What do you guys think?

Just remember, insert this side up.

D is for Dada, 5″x5″ collage, Sharpie marker and Japanese watercolor on paper.

D is for Dada, detail, by Amy Crook

D is for Dada, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can really see the soft torn edges of the Chinese paper contrasted with the sharp, thick, plastic-like material of the BART ticket, which really stands out against the backdrop of mismatched stamping and gilding. Below, you can see this piece tucked into a frame and hanging out with the F, just waiting for a new home. Derek, Dave, Danielle, who will take it home and keep it for their very own?

D is for Dada & F is for Flourish, framed art by Amy Crook

D is for Dada & F is for Flourish, framed art by Amy Crook

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3 Responses to “D is for Dada”

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  1. JoVE says:

    I LOVE this. Was desperately trying to think of a reason to buy it!

    And I also absolutely love the idea of displaying the whole series in a 3 x 9 grid of black frames. Is there a way to organize an exhibition of that and then presell the individual letters on condition of delivery after the exhibition?

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you! I’m sure you can find some excuse 😉

    I could definitely do that, especially since there’s already competition for the J that doesn’t exist yet. I was actually thinking of just putting them on my OWN wall, hah, but somewhere other people can see would be better… I suppose.

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