-BYOA 2019: DaDa Dinges

RIA’s New Year’s BYOA (Bring Your Own Art) exhibition.
January 1 –
27, 2019.

Participating artistsNancy Baele, Hans Blokpoel, GailBourgeois, Greta Grip, Petra Halkes,Sandra Hawkins, Freida Hjartarson, Assel El-Rayes, Sylvia Klein, Laurie Koensgen, Penelope Kokkinos, Maureen Korp, Denise Lachance, Deborah Margo, Jacqueline Milner, Rene Price, Jadzia Romaniec, Beth Shepherd, Frances Slaney, Rob Snikkar, Svetlana Swinimer, Joyce Westrop, Carmel Whittle,Yvonne Wiegers, Shirley Yik.

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DA-DAists, as Tristan Tzara once wrote,“…decapitated the haloed capital A from the word art and have placed this word again on the level of human manifestations.”

In its time, DaDa tried, but ART continues to be heavily corporatized, professionalized, institutionalized and CAPITALIZED in more ways than one. So ART, as Rene Price appears to suggest with his wobbly A on a pedestal, could use another kick in the A.

This year, RIA’s 4C’s Study Group (Capitalism, Colonialism, Climate Change) has done a lot of thinking and talking about the state of the world, and art’s place in it. The conversations and the art have been intense, serious, and often depressing. Considering the times we live in, this is as it should be.

DaDa Dinges provides a bit of a break, a break that nonetheless does not feel like an escape. There is no escape from the world’s crises, but art can be nonsensical and/or humorous and still feel relevant to our times.

There is no parallel for the times we live in but there have been other times in history that were similarly bewildering. DADAists, Surrealists and Situationists International; search the web, and you’ll find their ghosts everywhere.

The artworks in the exhibition, DaDa Dinges, may be historical, or they may be hysterical, but they bring art into the present, down to a ground level, where they are closest to just being a “human manifestation.”

Images: 1. First International DaDa Fair, Berlin,1920 http://www.merzmail.net/dada7.htm  2. Rene Price, A for Art, 2018

DaDa Dinges Viewing Times:

Saturday, January 5, 2019 : 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 26, 2019 : 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 27th, 2019 Finissage: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

DaDa Dinges Discussions:     
As we did last year, we will be organizing two events in which the participating artists speak briefly about their work in the exhibition. The schedules have not been determined yet, but the dates are:
Sunday, January 13, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Friday, January 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
These events are open to all.
Please RSVP for your personal invitation and RIA’s address: researchinart.ria@gmail.com