Contemporary Dada Centennial Feature: Charlie Holt

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt A

On the first Friday of each month, I’ve decided to feature the work of a current dadaist. Neo-dadaists, Retro-dadists, whatever they’re calling themselves today, although the dada isn’t as pure as it was a hundred years ago, their work is just as fresh and relevent.

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt B

This month’s featured artist is Charlie Holt. If his work is familiar, you may have seen a few of his collaborative pieces in previous Friday dada posts. Charlie plays well with others. By that, I mean he is oft inspired to build upon the work of another and when he does, it works well. As is the case in the collaborative pieces with Keith Chambers, pictured above.

Charlie Holt I

Charlie Holt II

Pictured below is a piece from a new series that Charlie is working on. He says about the piece, “Skirmishes with words and a borrowed image part of a new series.”

Charlie Holt III

Whispers of dada….

Whispers of dada - Charlie Holt

Aadadadot….

Aadadadot - Charlie Holt

Hope you enjoyed this look at the work of Charlie Holt.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again.

Dada: American Style

Linda French - postcard Dada and Fluxus are only somewhat

Postcard for Keith Chambers, by Linda French, 2016

Dada hit the New York scene in 1915 and largely, it stayed there for eight short years. Why leave? Why New York? Who were the New York Dadaists? What was their angle? What did they hope to accomplish?

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt A

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt (A)

This week, I challenge you to dig in, to read about Dada in New York. I could conceivably write a fresh piece from my perspective, but I feel that there are several good sources online that can acquaint you with the basics and guide you on to further information, should you be so curious. I present you with three such links to start you off.

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt B

Keith Chambers (Amalgamated Confusion) with Charlie Holt (B)

Every search will turn up something from wikipedia, from the mundane to the obscure. I’m not its biggest fan, but it’s a place to get generalities, a good starting point, if you will.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Dada

Dada Art has an extensive website devoted to Dada. I especially appreciate its page of Dada links, all which are quality references.

http://www.dadart.com/dadaism/dada/023-dada-newyork.html

If you want to learn anything about modern art whatsoever, MoMA, is definitely the way to go. Factual and yet, interesting.

http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/themes/dada

Denise Woodward - Dada Dreams of Elvis Hair

ATC for Keith Chambers, by Denise Woodward – Dada Dreams of Elvis Hair 2016

In closing, I’d like to thank Keith Chambers for the use of his images, including the collaborations with Charlie Holt, and those sent to him in recent weeks. Thanks to Charlie Holt, Linda French and Denise Woodward also.

May you all take time to learn a little bit about the origins of Dada in New York and may you connect with your inner Dada.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!