After researching Dadaism for the Aesthetic Exploration post, I became inspired by one of the artists I found; Dash Snow. I really liked the way he arranged his collages and how some of the themes he created were easily identifiable. I wanted to create a set of collages similar in style to Dash Snow. I thought making multiple collages with different themes would really emphasize the style consistent throughout them all while also lessening the impact and significance I would need to impose on one single collage.
(1) The End of Living and the Beginning of Survival, Dash Snow, 2008.
(2) Moran Moran, Dash Snow, 2006.
I will be using a sizeable collection of old National Geographic Magazines as the content for my collages. Having read several of the magazines, I have a general idea of the content present in each. With this knowledge, I’m hoping that I can create 3 separate themes: war, climate change, and most likely, the impact of the Coronavirus. The last one; I’m not certain about yet. Rather than posting my images on blank paper like Dash Snow, I plan to use a backdrop to overlay the images on. I hope to use some medium-sized photo prints or paintings as the backdrop for my collage. I will likely visit a thrift store and browse until something jumps out at me that might complement the themes I’ve chosen.
Depending on how long it takes to create the collages, I am also considering building frames for each of them as well. To pair with the Dadaist aesthetic, I would use different pieces of scrap wood. I imagine the frame to be similar to the one below but ideally with more distinctions between each edge of the frame. I would like the quality and appearance of the material used in the frame to be as diverse as the content present in the collage.
(3) Barnwood Picture Frame, ABW Frames.