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The Opposite of Snake: Surrealism and the Art of Jimmie Durham


Abstract Twenty years ago, Cherokee artist Jimmie Durham described idea of “opposites” from a child’s point of view. For him, the normative take on opposites is laughably irrelevant to his childhood self, who conceived of “birds as the opposite of snakes.” His witty anecdote moves the terms of understanding away from conventional opposition, by stepping outside mainstream assumptions. Without opposites, for example, iconic images may be more fluid and simultaneous, dream-like and less fixed to singular pre-determined interpretation. So, too, the prose poems of Lautréamont and the visual and literary works of the Surrealist avant –garde employed startling juxtapositions that defied rational understanding and challenged conventional assumptions. “Outs... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Modeen, Mary (Author)
Series Journal of Surrealism of the Americas, VOL 7, NO 1 (2013)
Type Text
Extent 25 Pages
Language English
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