THE MERZBUSH: elegies to Kurt Schwitters OR an ambitions exhibition of installation art that ‘makes connection between everything in the world.’
In the years following World War I, the cubist Kurt Schwitters coined the term “Merz” in reference to his life ambition to “make connections between everything in the world.” Through the use of painting, sculpture, collage and graphic design, Schwitters hoped to unify life and art by incorporating non-art into his work. Schwitters is well known for his collage, but the artist also altered interiors of living spaces. The most famous of these being The Merzbau, which utilized hundreds of found materials, took over 10 years in the making, and transformed a family house into a living walk-in sculpture. Schwitters’ The Merzbau was the pioneer of installation art.
For Bushwick Open Studios 2010, Norte Maar will present THE MERZBUSH.
THE MERZBUSH will feature the creative genius of several artists who will revisit Kurt Schwitters ideal to ‘make connections between everything in the world.” The project will transform rooms of an apartment into living sculpture.
Artists include: Phong Bui, Ali Aschman, Michele Araujo, Rico Gatson, Suzanne Goldenberg, Brece Honeycutt, Norman Jabaut, Ellen Letcher, Amy Lincoln, Ryan Schroeder, Josette Urso and others (for more info: www.nortemaar.org)