Alexandra Gallagher celebrates the surreal and bizarre in her dream like images, made up of cut up and collaged material which often focus on figurative or landscape subjects.
Dada was an artistic and literary movement established during WW1 in Zurich by Hugo Ball. The word Dada means nothing, and the movement intended to make a mockery of traditional art values and bourgeoisie culture and highlight the nonsensical nature of war.
Collage was a crucial element to the movement as a revolutionary medium. The use of found objects and cut outs from magazine or newspapers had a dual function. They subverted traditional high art values and acted as a tool for social critique, both attacking bourgeoisie culture.
Collages, photomontages or assemblages rearrange words and images from popular culture into new meanings or sometimes with no meaning at all. The invention of the ‘chance of collage’ technique highlighted the nonsensical nature of war and subverted the controlled and skilful techniques practiced in traditional art.