My aim is the total Merz artwork that combines all genres into an artistic unity.
First, I married off single genres. I pasted words and sentences together into poems in such a way that their rhythmic composition created a kind of drawing.
The other way around, I pasted together pictures and drawings containing sentences that demand to be read.
I drove nails into pictures in such a way that besides the pictorial effect a plastic relief effect arose.
I did this in order to erase the boundaries between genres .

Max Ernst


Max Ernst, a German painter and poet, was a member of the Dada movement and later a founder of Surrealism.

Ernst is generally credited with inventing collage as a communicative medium. When Braque or Gris pasted a bit of newspaper or a wine label into a painting, they were grafting a bit of raw reality into a painted world. Ernst recombined images from old engravings, catalogs, and other common sources—creating uncanny narratives, making the familiar, unfamiliar through re-contextualization. One of his most famous works is the Femme 100 Têtes (100-Headed Woman), an entire pictorial novel, in which his hero, Loplop, and his sister, Pertrubation, move through a series of encounters within altered, evocative settings.

La Femme 100 Têtes
La Femme 100 Têtes was published in 1929; four years later, the American piano virtuoso George Antheil composed a 35-minute suite inspired by it. In 2001the Tate Museum in London presented a webcast that combined the Antheil’s music with the Ernst images that inspired it. Images and music can be accessed through
http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/programmes/webcasting/antheil.ram
Note: You need RealPlayer to access this presentation.

A good source of information on Max Ernst: Artchive
http://www.artchive.com/ftp_site.htm

Artchive
Artchive is an extensive site, with hundreds of artists and images. An interesting feature of the site is a Theory and Criticism section that features over 100 images, each accompanied by a text by a well-known critic describing and analyzing the work. Especially useful is a tool called the Image Viewer that allows one to move quickly between thumbnail and greatly enlarged views of the work while comparing the critic’s insights to one’s own.
http://www.artchive.com/