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Dadara: The Beauty of Chaos

“When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money.”
Oscar Wilde

Step one, step two, step three… Every artist has always addressed an audience, but perhaps never proposing steps upon steps before the final work. It is known that social media has a little got an entire generation of creative minds by the balls, sometimes sparing only those who have somehow managed to keep away from it. To keep away from the obsession of addressing the audience, so as to often demean one of the most heroic missions of the human soul. Definitively changing the connotations of a word that for centuries has represented a type of precarious and sensitive — tormented and addicted to alcohol — essence: that of the artist.

Many artists today have wanted to underline this evolution with one or more works, perhaps taking their cue from themselves, since today, for obvious reasons, keeping yourself too far from the internet creature could make you quickly slip into oblivion, especially if you dare not conform to its rhythms and rules. All that remains is to take it as it comes, maybe adding colour while giving yourself to the beauty of chaos.

Transformational Overload
Greyman Popart Statues Series
Statue of No Liberty, Museum Square, Amsterdam (1999) – Photo: Marion Golsteijn

On the occasion of his 2022 Getting Lost in the Beauty of Chaos exhibition, in Amsterdam, Daniël Rozenberg, aka Dadara, stated “How many times we have been told lately that art and culture are ‘not essential’? But, isn’t it actually wonderful that, in a society where everything seems to revolve around efficiency and Excel sheets, we also have something to trigger our imagination?

Something allowing us to get lost in our dreams — about how things could be, rather than focusing on everyday reality — about how things are. Experiencing art is a moment of rest for our brains to chill out in nowadays continuous whirlwind of millions of links and stimuli.”

After beginning as a desiger of flyers and record covers, and live-painter for the electronic dance scene, Dadara started an impressive career as a painter and cartoonist. Then, his focus has shifted towards extravagant interactive performance-installations in public space — many of these creations were built at the legendary Burning Man event, in the Nevada desert. His work is a kind of tweaked mirror which reflects our society, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Perhaps a black mirror, but one that has a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

Guardian of Imagination
AI Wave
Life of an Artist
A Brief Timeline of Art
The Ten Algorithms
Past & Future
“Destroy Art” Soup
FIFA World Cup Qatar
Woman Fight (to Mahsa Amini)
Living on the Edge
A Lockdown Christmas
Dadara wears his Exchanghibition Bank suit

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