|André Masson. Automatic Drawing. (1924). |
Ink on paper, 91⁄4 × 81⁄8" (23.5 × 20.6 cm).
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
"Pure psychic automatism" was how André Breton defined surrealism, and while the definition has proved capable of significant expansion, automatism remains of prime importance in the movement.
In 1919 Breton and Philippe Soupault wrote the first automatic book, Les Champs Magnétiques, while The Automatic Message (1933) was one of Breton's significant theoretical works about automatism.
National Adjunct Walkout Day dominated February. Marching through SoL was a (perhaps therapeutic) change of pace. Since April is National Poetry Month, automatic writing (even if I still can't manage posting in my sleep) makes a suitable segue from March blogging and word slicing to April poetry.
So much for make up posts unless I can manage one big lollapalooza catch-all post tomorrow