010 Dada Trumpet

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010 Dada Trumpet

80.00

• £80 Unframed (2-3 days delivery)
• 90 x 30cm (paper size)
• Printed in 4 colours Silver, Gold, Black and Red
• Gmund Bier paper
• Letterpress (wood and lead type)
• Supplied unframed in postal tube.

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Throughout 2016 and 2017 some of my prints are on tour with Dada ist 100; a touring exhibition of letterpress work celebrating 100 years of Dada. Originally a protest against the horrors of the First World war; Dada originated in Zurich in 1916 and encompasses performance, music, literature, visual art and typography. Over 60 letterpress workshops have contributed to the exhibition which will travel through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  There is work behind the scenes to extend the tour to Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and the US.

For Dada Trumpet I considered Dada’s musical tradition and how the intricate forms and tones of brass instruments suggest the surreal nature of Dada. The letters D A D A in the form of large wood type were arranged to form a trumpet shape whilst other letterforms were contrived to form the valves – arranged to produce A or D major when seemingly pressed by that most Dada of type ornament, a red manicule or printer’s fist. The music is expressed as exclamatory punctuation expelled from the bell of the instrument. Printed in gold and silver inks with black and red accents.