Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Daina Elegant Surrealist Art (Chicago Surrealist Group member)

Elegant Surrealism inspired by Illuminated Manuscripts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Calligraphy, Fashion Design, and Medieval Art. Lithuanian Surreal artist. Labas!

"Pandora's Stage" Pen & ink, mixed media, 1999

Inspired by a dream in which I walked through doorways draped in velvet curtains. A few of the characters are inspired by the animated Disney "Alice in Wonderland" from 1951, in which classic vaudeville & Ziegfeld Follies comedian, Ed Wynn, starred as the Mad Hatter. He also played Uncle Albert in "Mary Poppins," starred 2x in" Twilight Zone", and was offered the title role in "The Wizard of Oz"...he turned it down).

"Oeuvre d'euf" Wooden Russian Egg, clay, mixed media, 2008

Inspired by twisted logic within "Alice in Wonderland"

~~What do you think happens to an egg after it eats itself? Please give me your interpretation in the comments section.

"Sappho's Fragments" Calligraphic, gel, and metallic 3-D pens; collage on parchment paper

The calligraphy is in ancient Greek with English translations. This is inspired by the book "If Not, Winter: Sappho's Fragments."
She was one of the first lyric poets of antiquity. Sappho lived in ancient Greece c 630 - 570 BCE.

"The Seance" Fountain pen, fine pint pen, 1993

Inspired by 1920s flappers and the interest in seances to summon Houdini's spirit after his death in 1926. Houdini and his wife, Bess, had an agreement that the first to die would contact the survivor via code. After many unsuccessful seances, Bess held the "Final Houdini Seance" in the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood, CA in 1936. It was recorded onto vinyl with her sadly concluding "I now, reverently, turn out the light."

 One of my favs, Tony Curtis, played the title role in "Houdini" 1953.

Hear the final seance here...

I created my medieval illuminated dream manuscript which is Inspired by Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts which pre-dated Guttenberg's printed Bibles, this work is meditative in its undertaking. Early pages utilized a lovely fountain pen, then moved on to calligraphic & quill pens. That, in turn, inspired me to experiment with a wide spectrum of calligraphic styles. I decided to use Gothic Blackletter calligraphy (12th c. forward) throughout much of the book.

Strange Interlude: CHICAGO SURREALIST NEWS: HYPNAGOGIC TELEGRAM (my band) is GOING VIRAL w/ Chaplin dance. More music & tips on how to remember dreams (for creativity & life) to be posted soon. Here is us doing CHAPLIN DANCE to backdrop of George Melies 1902 film Trip to the Moon (as seen in Hugo film)
Lewis Carroll, Dr Who, Dream, & Fortean inpired tunes. Multi-lingual. Silent film inspired Dances. Trock.Timelord Rock. Johnny Depp inspired Character Morphing. Lietuvaite soka kaip Chaplin.

 "Hand of a Mannerist," acrylic paint, glow-in-the-dark paint, markers, 2008

~~Inspired by my love of Mannerism, an obscure short-lived twisted art-form from the Italian High-Renaissance (1520 -1580).  Exaggerated human figures were part of the Mannerist style. It was eventually suppressed by the Catholic Church as a form a heresy.

"L'esprit d'escalier" aka "Logic of the Stairs" Wood, wire and markers, 2008  ~~Inspired by the term, l'esprit d'escalier" which refers to the instant you think of the right comeback, yet it's too late (as you're on the stairs leaving).   Eye inspired by staircase in the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Daina Surrealism Artist Resume

Daina Surrealism

Lithuanian-Colombian-American Artist, Calligrapher, & Linguist


Born upstate NY

Illustrations, Calligraphy, Iconography, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Performance Art

Selected Exhibitions

National & international exhibits in United States, Germany, Italy, France, and Wales.

2016                Restoration of Historical Murals in Pilsen, Chicago
                        Worked on murals with Marcos Raya, Salvador "Sal" Vega, and unfinished mural by Carlos                                   Cortez 

2011                 Chiesa Sconsacrata di S.Antonio, Venice (Treviso), Italy

                        A Book of Death: Homage to Ray Johnson, Un Libro sulla Morte: Omaggio a Ray Johnson
                        exhibit (Fluxus)


2010                Museum of Modern Art, Wales

                        Book of Death Exhibit


2009                Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, New York City

                        Book of Death Exhibit


2006               Mercury Café, Chicago, IL

                       Solo show, exhibiting selected paintings and illustrations

2004               Schizoclub Gallery, Chicago, IL

                       Solo show, featuring collected works, as part of the Chicago Artists Month / Ukrainian Village 
                       Artwalk Festival

2001               Suite Home Chicago: An International Exhibition of Urban Street Furniture,                                   
                        Chicago, IL

                       Collaboration with other artists in production of a sculptural sofa for temporary public display

1999               Truman College, Chicago, IL

                       Exhibition of students’ works

1988               Schwule Zentrum, Berlin, Germany

                Exhibition of drawings


2010 – Present              Pursuing Gender and Women’s Studies degree at University of Illinois    
                                      at Chicago

2004 – Present              Pursuing Fashion Design degree at Columbia College, Chicago

1988 – 1990                  Studied Fashion Design and Music at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany

1984 – 1987                  Studied Fashion Design in New York City

1983 – 1984                  Studied German, Russian, and Lithuanian languages at Vasario 16                                                                        Gimnazija, Privates Litauisches Gymnasium, Hüttenfeld, Germany


Member of Chicago Surrealist Group since 1998

Member of Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA) since 1997


An “exquisite corpse” illustration, featured in Ron Sakosky (ed.), Surrealist Subversions:  Rants, Writings & Images by the Surrealist Movement in the United States (New York, 2002) ISBN 1570271224
on Amazon

Link to “Surrealist Subversions” exquisite corpse

Art in Maintenant: A Jouranl of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art (New York, 2016) ISBN 9781941110447
on Amazon

Languages spoken

Lithuanian, German, Russian, French, English

Currently studying

Latin, Spanish, Italian

STRANGE INTERLUDE: My Dream, Time-Travel inspired band, "Hypnagogic Telegram" is going VIRAL on Youtube. Timelord Rock. Trock. I play a timeghost (zeitgeist) that inhabits the wardrobe closet in the TARDIS. I come out in costumes from various eras to dance & sing. If Doctor Who would have a band, it might sound like this.
<---- View YOUTUBE VIDEO here.

Check out my Time Travel, Dream, surreal artwork, performance art, costuming & photography on the other blog pages!

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DainaSurrealism Member of Chicago Surrealist Group, and Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA). "Hypnagogic Telegram" vocalist, performer. Surrealist music/vaudeville act. Going VIRAL on Youtube w/ Chaplin dance. Speak Russian, German, French, Lithuanian, & English, learning Spanish, Italian, and Latin. Working on 3 books currently: Illuminated Manuscript Dream Book (with surreal images and collages), Alice in Wonderland Illustrated Expanded Universe, and autobiography.

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