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.

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Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Feed the Fish

This week’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is as special as the couple hosting it. Moan Lisa, the mail art legend and digital artist known to many of us as Mark Rossmiller, of Iowa and his lovely counterpart, Renata Solimini, of Rome have been working on a collaboration of grand proportions. Their Feed The Fish exhibition is upcoming at Five Monkeys, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa from April 1-7, 2016.

To coordinate with the exhibition, they have issued a mail art call whose theme is FISH. The pieces they receive will be on display at the exhibition. Use the following link to check out the details: http://moanlisa.com/blog/2015/11/05/feed-the-fish-exhibition-five-monkeys-inc

You may recall that I was carving rubber stamps of fish last week… They were for use in creating mail art pieces for this particular call. This is what transpired…

School of FISH

School of FISH

School of FISH Bones

School of FISH Bones

FISH in the Round

FISH in the Round

On Saturday, February 27th, I was honored to have been able to spend some time with Moan (Mark) and be there to support him as he had his first one man show, Signs of Nonexistence, at the Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

With Moan Lisa (Mark Rossmiller) at the Christine Frechard Gallery 2/27/2016

His digital artwork is even more impressive on a larger scale. I was taken in by the movement of the pieces and their magical, ethereal quality.

A glimpse of Moan's Gallery Opening

Books of Moan’s poetry were offered for sale at the gallery. Many folks were very interested in the poetry and taken in by the artwork on the books’ covers. Christine, the gallery owner was able to persuade Moan to read for a few of us at the end of the evening.

Moan's Poetry Reading

As I am a huge fan of Mark’s poetry, it was a special treat to hear them read aloud by him. I am used to trying to find quiet moments alone where I can read them aloud to myself, as I find they are more alive and vivid in their imagery that way. You can find the current editions available and other bits of Moan’s work for sale here: http://moanlisa.com/shop/

Do think about sending something for the Feed The Fish mail art call. And if you are in the Pittsburgh area between now and April 1st, do stop into the Christine Frechard Gallery to view Moan’s offerings. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.

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!