Walking about the Hobart waterfront in Tasmania, I came upon a huge column in front of the School of Creative Arts and Media. It was covered with postings for various art and music shows, protests, news, etc. For years these postings were ripped off and another pasted on top exposing bits and pieces of its predecessor. I took macro shots of fragments to create abstract “paintings”.
To me they took on a sort of DADA experiment that people were unwittingly participating in to create these wonderful images. I just captured a moment in time for this ongoing living art piece. I printed them on a very thick watercolor fine art paper from the German paper maker, Hahnemule to get the texture and depth of the abstract fragments.
"Dadaists both embraced and critiqued modernity, imbuing their works with references to the technologies, newspapers, films, and advertisements that increasingly defined contemporary life.They were also experimental, provocatively re-imagining what art and art making could be. Using unorthodox materials and chance-based procedures, they infused their work with spontaneity and irreverence. Wielding scissors and glue, Dada artists innovated with collage and photomontage." -MOMA