Gypsyland 2014 . Gypsy DaDa Mirror is a mirror painted by the artist. A man rings a handbell and waves to the viewer reflected in the mirror. Is it a wake-up call or a call from a travelling dealer? Various (self-) denominations of the various minority population groups are positioned around him. It is as if the artist wants to call all of these to a “Gypsyland 2014” that is approaching. Damian Le Bas coined the term “Gypsy DaDa“ for his art in homage to the classical art movement of modernism. The movement succeeded in disintegrating the existing certainties of its bourgeois public and, for example, in countered the narrow-mindedness of the Zurich public with the provocative but also humorous programme of Cabaret Voltaire. The colourful and positive work Gypsyland 2014 . Gypsy DaDa Mirror has a strong appellative character. The viewer sees himself in Le Bas’ art and is summoned by the artist to his “Gypsyland“. The use of a mirror as painting background not only refers to the special significance of mirrors among British Travellers, but also turns the work into an interactive work of art that includes its viewer and indirectly addresses the question of identity to them as well.
Rights held by: Daiman Le Bas (artwork) — Diego Castallano Cano (photo) | Licensed by: Delaine Le Bas — Galerie Kai Dikhas | Licensed under: CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International International | Provided by: Galerie Kai Dikhas (Berlin/Germany)