The Gallery at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida presents a Dada Art Exhibit in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Dada

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A century ago, the art movement was changed forever. Dadaism was created to redefine the idea of art. Dada art includes a diverse subject matter and any medium or combination of media. Wall Street Journal stated, “the idea of embracing your inner freak is pure Dada. Don’t put on a mask; develop your personal spirit.”

100 years later, Dada art is everywhere and will be on display in Gainesville, by community members. The majority of selected works will be exhibited at Oak Hammock Apr 11 – July 9, 2016. The Hippodrome Art Gallery will display additional works, including three-dimensional pieces, April 4 – May 29, 2016.
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE March 7, 2016. No late entries accepted.
Submit images and application formby email to | Jane Polkowski Levy, 2434 SW 50th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608. ENTRY FEES for up to 3 pieces: $10 for community artists, and $5 for artists residing at Oak Hammock. SALES OF ART: Potential buyers for works at Oak Hammock will be directed to the artist; no commission taken by Oak Hammock. Items sold at the Hippodrome will be handled by them where sales tax will be deducted and a commission taken of 25%. NOTICE OF ART ACCEPTED will be sent by March 18 and where they will be displayed, along with release of liability and waiver of claims forms that must be signed and accompany delivery of art.
Accepted works will be adjudicated by curators from the Harn Museum of Art: Dulce Roman, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern Art, and Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator of Contemporary Art. Individual prizes will be offered to Best in Show (1st), Award of Excellence (2nd), and Award of Merit (3rd), as well as three Honorable Mentions.
Dr. Midge Smith, shares that Dada Art began as a protest to the First World War, as a way to rebel against traditional social and political structures by overthrowing artistic tradition. A group of artists in Zurich is credited with coining the term and starting the international movement, but similar sentiments were brewing before that, e.g., what New York artists called “anti-art.” No one style identified Dada work; it was more of an attitude. It is the creation of objects, using a variety of experimental techniques, relying on chance, intuition, and nonsense instead of reason and rules. Dada art set the stage for many later avant-garde movements, including Surrealism, Pop art, and Conceptual Art. Characteristics of Dada Art include the following: Creates the element of surprise with a sense of humor; Negative, yet playful in spirit; May take a found object out of its functional purpose-a famous example is Duchamp’s The Fountain that looks remarkably like an upside down urinal. May create something from something else, termed a “ready-made.”

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