Artist Research – Kurt schwitters

Kurt Schwitters 1887-1948

German painter, sculptor, typographer and writer. Born in Hanover. Studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Hanover 1908-9 and at Dresden Academy 1909-14. Influenced by Expressionism and Cubism 1917-18. In 1918 created his own form of Dada in Hanover called ‘Merz’, using rubbish materials such as labels, bus tickets and bits of broken wood in his collages and constructions.

Picture of Spatial Growths – Picture with Two Small Dogs 1920-39.

Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs 1920-39 by Kurt Schwitters 1887-1948

I like his collage type images, they seem to be chaotic and exciting, I am excited to add on a collage type to the boards and see how it looks. I think this technique would fit well into this project as the City is filled with billboards of old adverts torn away with time and old posters left to disintegrate on walls & buildings in the City.

In our group we realised that all 3 of us were interested in the power of nature taking back old buildings that have been left , leaving walls with dirty marks of moss and strangling ivy all around. When i see it, it makes me feel pleased that somehow nature has remarked its place on earth. And no matter how much we try to man make and build, nature will always have it s place in the City, we just don’t take the time to look for it.

Kurt Schwitters also created most of his collages when he lived in different citys, he collected scraps from his hometown in Hanover, Germany. Using photos, tram/train tickets & other things he made these hectic collages. Here’s another example of one he did called: Merz Picture 32A: The Cherry Picture.

It has many layers of fabrics, light & dark paint, images of kittens, sweet wrappers, newspaper cuttings and a flashcard of cherrys.


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