Archive for the 'Museums' Category

DADA CENTENNIAL Day of the Dead

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

It is with high anticipation that I await my first look at the new publication which documents the Dada Centennial exhibition organized by the Ontological Museum. My sincere thanks to Cecil Touchon for including the essay that I wrote last year — On Kurt Schwitters and a Century of Dada — but, most of all, for volunteering so much of his time to this historic observation and to the ongoing administration of the institution he founded, now located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The exhibition at the archives of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction opened on November 4, 2016 and lasted through January 31, 2017. A worldwide array of Dada-inspired artists sent artworks for the show that will be added to the permanent collection. They are all displayed in the full-color, 275-page catalog that is available for purchase. A “Merz Painting” by Peter Dowker is featured on the cover. In addition to my essay, the publication has an introduction by Touchon, another essay by Drager Meurtant, Birth of Merz by Schwitters, original verse by Dada artists, writings by Hugo Ball, three of my experimental miniatures, and collage art by some whose work I have spotlighted here at TCM, including Dowker, Hope Kroll, Zach Collins, Nikki Soppelsa, Erin Case, Joel Lambeth, Melinda Tidwell, Evan Clayton Horback, and Katrien De Blauwer.

When I experienced the milestone Schwitters exhibition at the Berkeley Museum of Art in 2011, I failed to bring home the forty-dollar catalog. When I got back to Kentucky, I discovered that the compendium was already worth $200. I do not know what long-term plan the Ontological Museum has for this publication, but it may not always be available. Go online, take advantage of the current discount, and buy it now.
Grateful Ode to Merz ~ John Andrew Dixon

Grateful Ode to Merz
collage miniature on Bristol by J A Dixon
homage to Kurt Schwitters
collection of The Ontological Museum

ART | GREEN | DESIGN

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

“Sustainability can’t be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.”
— Bjarke Ingels


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the time I first paid a visit to its astonishing Jewel Room, after we moved our studio to Kentucky, I continued to sustain a high regard for Lexington’s Headley-Whitney Museum. I have written before John Andrew Dixon at the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art, in the heart of thoroughbred country near Lexington, Kentuckyabout the lost treasures of George Headley, and how they inspired my Bibelot Series of collage miniatures, but I only recently acknowledged an undisclosed desire to have my work displayed at the institution. It pleases me to say that the daydreaming phase is over, because three of my larger works are part of their 2017 kick-off exhibition: ART | GREEN | DESIGN.

The show features examples of art and design that are inspired by and exemplify eco-friendly ideals. I am gratified to be represented among a group of exceptionally creative individuals. It causes me to realize just how much my activity in this chosen medium is driven by a practice of sorting through the cast-off material of our wasteful society and upcyling it as a worthwhile artifact. Cherry Balm, Pearallelograms, and Matthew’s Touchonic Lodge are fitting examples of that orientation.

An unidentified assemblage that I liked (left), and Kentuckian Brandon Long, my friend who creates handsome abstract squares from recycled roofing metal.
 
 

a detail from ‘Cherry Balm’ ~ John Andrew Dixona detail from ‘Pearallelograms’ ~ John Andrew Dixona detail from ‘Matthew’s Touchonic Lodge’ ~ John Andrew Dixon

Details from three of my collage artworks, selected by the museum to include in
the show: Cherry Balm, Pearallelograms, and Matthew’s Touchonic Lodge.

Dada Centennial Exhibition to open in Santa Fe

Friday, October 21st, 2016

As part of the celebratory observation of the Dada Centennial organized by Cecil Touchon, I picked three of my experiments from earlier in the year (March 6thMarch 7thMarch 21st) to refine and submit to the Int’l Museum of Collage, Assemblage & Construction. Sure wish I was a bit closer to New Mexico.
 

Dada 100 (SCORE 20) ~ J A Dixon

Dada 100 (SCORE 20)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
4 x 5 inches
permanent collection of the Ontological Museum

Dada 100 (URGER HEESE BURG) ~ J A Dixon

Dada 100 (URGER HEESE BURG)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
4 x 5 inches
permanent collection of the Ontological Museum

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Dada 100 (Julie and Judy)
collage miniature by J A Dixon
4 x 5 inches
permanent collection of the Ontological Museum

Apparatchik

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

 
Apparatchik ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Apparatchik
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Archetype

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

 
Archetype ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Archetype
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange
 
retained for the permanent collection
International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction
(part of the Ontological Museum)

Absconder

Friday, April 8th, 2016

 
Absconder ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Absconder
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange
 
retained for the permanent collection
International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction
(part of the Ontological Museum)

Adversary

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

 
Adversary ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Adversary
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Autocrat

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

 
Autocrat ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Autocrat
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange
 
retained for the permanent collection
International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction
(part of the Ontological Museum)

Antagonist

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

 
Antagonist ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Antagonist
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Accomplice

Monday, April 4th, 2016

 
Accomplice ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Accomplice
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Amanuensis

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

 
Amanuensis ~ J A Dixon ~ for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange

Amanuensis
collage miniature by J A Dixon
5 x 6 inches
for the Baker’s Half-Dozen Exchange
retained for the collection of Jerome Dixon