Invitation and Theme – Winter 2024: Play
Giovanni Francesco Caroto, Ritratto di fanciullo con disegno (Portrait of a Youth with a Drawing), 1515–20, oil on panel, 14.5 x 11.4 in. (37 x 29 cm), Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona (photo: Wikimedia Commons).
1924 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Surrealism (the First Manifesto was published on 15 October 1924, but it’s already earlier in that year that we witness a shift from Parisian Dadaism to Surrealism). A few months ago, we invited you to have some summer fun with your friends playing this favorite Surrealist game: Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse). It is not too late to play! We hope to publish some in the Winter issue (for directions, click here). Please send us your cadavres exquis, accompanied if you wish with a few lines about your experience.
Exquisite Corpse, Islesboro, September 2023.
Do you see your artistic activity as play? Is your practice fun or serious? Or both?
How do you understand the link between play and creativity? Between play and experimentation?
Is your work solitary or communal team play? Does competition or collaboration play a role?
How do you engage your audience in a playful manner?
Does chance play a role in your work and how do you incorporate it into your creative process?
Paul Klee, Angelus Novus, 1920, India ink, oil paper, watercolor paint, and monoprinting, 2.5 x 9.5 in. (31.8 x 24.2 cm), Israel Museum, Jerusalem (photo: Wikimedia Commons).
Thank you,MAJ Editorial Board: Natasha Mayers, Nora Tryon, Véronique Plesch, and Betsy Sholl (poetry editor)