Dada. A revolt against the intellectual rigidity of "art" (say it like this: ahht; you know, like "lit-rah-ture"), a kind of anti-art that was a statement about society and life - real life.
Today's dada is at every turn. 7-11s and Quickstops are full of dada; lighters at the register with American Eagles are a good example. There are two things I love about dada. One is that it's all art. The other is that it's all about culture.
So, without intentional purpose, I've found myself saving, collecting, and gathering things that are anti-art art. Dada!
Whenever I go to Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in Emeryville, I check the counter by the door because it is filled with dada. These are bits of culture and art, postcard-sized, usually announcing an event or an advertisement for a business. Always there is at least one piece of eye candy.
It seems I can't stop myself when it comes to collecting this kind of dada. I love the swag and drama of the design elements that are emblazoned on the cards. I love the artwork, the visual draw. I love the way the art represents today's culture.
This is why I have been collecting these. Now, I just need to decide what to do with them, how to use them, how to honor these bits of dada.
Here are some of the many I have. Enjoy!