Two examples of Joan Miro’s work related to Automatism. Painted years apart the paintings show a shift in automatic drawing to more representational forms. The earlier work, as noted in my last post regarding the Automatistes, is closer to the idea of the unguided hand being let lose on the surface. Elements of automatism are at work in much of Miro’s practice. The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers brings together automatic drawing with representational imagery and content. The work was done while Miro was in Spain while experiencing the terrors of the Spanish Civil War.
office of surrealist investigations
The Office of Surrealist Investigations began out of the surrealist drawing game of exquisite corpse and explorations between the surrealists and the Black Dahlia murder. Drawing queues from Art Spiegelman's narrative corpse, the drawing games have opened up this process further and into other media through collaborations with artists and non-artists resulting in zines and gallery exhibitions. If you wish to take part please contact us.