Manifesto for a Patchwork Universe

Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.
– André Breton

• According to Breton, beauty is convulsive in three ways. One, mimicry, like the markings on moths imitate eyes. Two, the delay or termination of movement regarding something that should have been in motion. To use Breton’s example, the idea of an abandoned train in a forest. It’s intriguing, at least. Three, the found object as a sign of desire. All three define beauty as internally fragmented, turning an otherwise seamless experience of reality into a representation of it. Photography can visualize those internal disjunctions. Man Ray’s Kiss and film still of Kiki depict the face as fragmented and so focus on the lips as the sign of desire. In other words, the hint is more evocative than the faithful narrative.

• Adam Martinakis’ Future Love applies Breton’s principles in liquid silver streams.

• Edu Barba’s Big Number Three and Thoughts Are Free are digital prints that cleverly manipulate numbers, letters, and grids.

• Lynn Harrisberger’s Bracelets have XO attached to sterling silver bands.

• Eduardo Martínez Nieto’s Seratonin is a polaroid reminiscent of Man Ray’s habit of painting eyes over Kiki’s eyelids.

• Sue Szabo’s Ring spells out XO in sterling silver.

• Jump Flip Circus’ Dormir depicts a man dreaming of vintage paper ephemera, like we all do.

• Manya Nazarian’s Lip Ring is a realistic set of lush lips, creases and all, in oxidized silver.

• James Dillon’s Pins remind us that art may be dead, but Dada lives forever.