6th April 2018
I came across this blog post on political collage and Dadaism which I found to be particularly interesting covering the work of Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoch and John Heartfield.
‘THE SPIRIT OF OUR TIME’ 1919
– Offers glimpses into the visual language of Haussmann.
– For Dada artists, the observance of war, turning men into killing machines and the corruption of capitalism has created a soulless and impoverished society led by the blind.
THE POWER OF COLLAGE
– Haussmann used collage in order to express political and social points.
– He felt that it was through the medium of collage that he could achieve this most efficiently.
– Haussmann’s images are often hybrid constructions of man and machine. They appear as biological mutants, fused with crude metal structures or designed implements .
The article also references a piece by Tharin Beeman fro 2008.
I found this image by Tharin Beeman which was created in 2008.
“This is my latest political collage. I love how it turned out. I just laugh when I look at it! My favourites are Osama waving from the cave, McCain and Sarah Palin in the army tank, and Dick Cheney popping out of his forehead.”
A great satirical piece produced prior to Osama Bin Laden’s capture and killing in May 2011. Uncanny at how the current times were observed and interesting at how topics and views in the U.S.A are very different now.
Hausmann, a founder member of the Berlin Dada group, developed photomontage as a tool of satire and political protest. Although the ‘art critic’ is identified by a stamp as George Grosz, another member of the group, the image was probably an anonymous figure cut from a magazine. The fragment of a German banknote behind the critic’s neck suggests that he is controlled by capitalist forces. The words in the background are part of a poem poster made by Hausmann to be pasted on the walls of Berlin.
Hannah Höch (German:[hœç]; November 1, 1889 – May 31, 1978) was a German Dada artist. She is best known for her work of the Weimar period, when she was one of the originators of photomontage. Photomontage, or fotomontage, is a type of collage in which the pasted items are actual photographs, or photographic reproductions pulled from the press and other widely produced media.
Höch’s work was intended to dismantle the fable and dichotomy that existed in the concept of the “New Woman”: an energetic, professional, and androgynous woman, who is ready to take her place as man’s equal. Her interest in the topic was in how the dichotomy was structured, as well as in who structures social roles.
Other key themes in Höch’s works were androgyny, political discourse, and shifting gender roles. These themes all interacted to create a feminist discourse surrounding Höch’s works, which encouraged the liberation and agency of women in Weimar Germany and today.
John Heartfield (born Helmut Herzfeld; 19 June 1891 – 26 April 1968) was a visual artist who pioneered the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his most famous photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Heartfield also created book jackets for book authors, such as Upton Sinclair, as well as stage sets for contemporary playwrights, such as Bertolt Brecht and Erwin Piscator.
24th March 2018
Brian Hubble Political Art
Hubble has created photo-collage illustrations for publications such as New York Times,Harper’s Magazine, M.I.T. Technology Review and Psychology Today. In 2004, he made illustrations for The Stranger, author of Under the Tuscan Sun Francis Mayes for Atlanta Magazine, and legendary rock band Guided By Voices for Cincinnati Citybeat. Additional clients of his include Atlantic Monthly, Yale, The Deal, Johns Hopkins, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Duke University, The American Prospect, Notre Dame, Progresa (Spain), VMEN (Greece), and Foreign Policy (France).