HOBBY HORSE – YEAH, YEAH DADA ASIA
explores the work of artists whose practice relies heavily on the use of
appropriated material – beer cans, leather whips, stickers, trees, toy
soldiers, movie titles and wallpaper – as a form of social critique. The
origin of this practice is traced to the Dada movement that began at the
Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich in 1916, where a small association of radical
artists sought to disrupt meaning through a series of acts that included
critiquing traditional notions of art to exploring language, meaning and the
spectacle within art. Critical, raucous, anarchic, outrageous and
metaphorical, Dada in its various guises railed against the superficiality
and chaos of the world during World War I. Although its originators declared
the movement dead by 1921, the influence of Dada continues and now extends beyond
its European roots.
This group exhibition demonstrates Dada’s lasting impact on artists from the
Asia region today.