Spanish Art & Architecture: Juxtaposition in Surrealist Works

The classroom setup was a bit unexpected yesterday, but seemed to work well with our small group of nine. We worked through several of Salvador Dali’s paintings and guessed their true meanings, all of which involved time in its many facets.

When speaking about the influence of the surrealist movement, we were able to identify the Cubists as key contributors who began by breaking up the space between what is real and what is imagined. With the popularity of Freudian psychology, surrealism had a good shot at becoming the new fad in art and literature during the early to mid-twentieth century. We used the idea of creating an image or words through ghost writing — a combination of contour and blind contour lines in which our pencils do not lift from the page — to understand our unconscious thoughts.

Juxtaposition means to place side-by-side two or more objects or concepts that normally would not relate to one another. We played with the idea of juxtaposing our thoughts by creating three unique group poems which we are still trying to make sense of.