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On NadaDadaism

Power corrupts, community collapses.

Equality is cooperation. Opportunity is earned.

Let's embrace powerlessness, let's engage community. Let's earn opportunity, with equality. Let's build a powerless commune of opportunistic equals.

There's been an organic development of the event/possee/movement that we're calling NadaDada Motel. In 2007, the first year, it was named Dada Motel by El Jefe. He brought a group of six artists together to put the wheels in motion and… Continue

Added by Sorg on February 23, 2009 at 1:30 — No Comments

my streaming video from the 'fishbowl'

my streaming video from the 'fishbowl'

Live Broadcast by… Continue

Added by Sorg on December 9, 2008 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Life in a Glass Box

Artist in LaBussaBox

My daily life was carried out in the display window of LaBussola Art Boutique downtown on 1st St. for 120 hours last month during Artown–that's 5 days straight–just to draw. I got out Saturday the 19th of July, so I wrote this about the experience:

10 Things I Learned Living Behind Glass:

1. Display windows offer no true alone time; it was a wordless stay but very social.

2. I posses no mood when I'm alone.

3. From the comments in my… Continue

Added by Sorg on August 3, 2008 at 20:00 — 1 Comment


What makes an artist an "outsider"? Is it the self-taught status? Is it the mental instability? Is it a cranky attitude or living in an obscure place? What if an artist has knowledge of current issues & stuff? what if an artist went to college? What if an artist has friends and connections and lacks schizophrenic tendencies?

A knowledgeable art consultant friend once told me, "You're not an outsider but you want us to think that." He's absolutely correct and I recognized that… Continue

Added by Sorg on July 13, 2008 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

I'm constantly being underestimated–you too?

I talk to friends/colleges, family sometimes, I see that maybe they don't think so highly of my potential. That doesn't bother me, I don't see theirs either. No matter how much someone tells you they have this going for them because they're gonna do that... well, let's see it–if they can make things happen, that's great, they're doin' it, otherwise let's see some proof of your potential, and I guess that's when the investors come around, the patrons, the art lovers, when you make it happen and… Continue

Added by Sorg on June 12, 2008 at 0:00 — 27 Comments

I ask me, what do I think about my paintings?

Self, what do I think about my paintings? Where have they come from, where are they going?

So I'll just ramble in my answer, not like anyone's reading this, are they? anyone?

So there's a thing in my work with the scribble. I think I've seen some incredible perfection in scribbles so I've done them in various ways for years, about 10 years. I do realistic forms, heads. Faces I think are one of the hardest things to do in art because we recognize so precisely faces we see. So this… Continue

Added by Sorg on June 11, 2008 at 18:00 — No Comments


All together now! –––"Are we not men? We are Nada!"

My number one desire is to make a comfy living from the sale of my art. I made these paintings, but I don't wanna keep them. It'd be nice to make a living from doing the thing I'm best at.

I found out years ago that in order to do this, I must involve others in what I'm doing; inevitably, I concluded, they will involve me in what they're doing too. This is what happened in January of '07 as Jeff Johnson, Tova Ramos, Dianna… Continue

Added by Sorg on June 10, 2008 at 17:50 — No Comments

Devine Love

a book Called The Mission of Art by artist Alex Grey. He talks about spiritual manifestations in one's art and divine love is what's behind it all apparently.

Funny I've been looking at an Alchemical symbols book lately and I see the illustrations from half a millennium ago and it's really interesting the way Divine Love plays the very pivotal role.

Light has universal pictorial appeal to illustrate divine love or spiritual awakening 'enlightenment' in religion and… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Beauty and Perception

There can be found experiences in nature and in the daily happenings of routine that we're privy to for just a moment as we ride the train of hours. We might glimpse something as rare and romanticized a thing as beauty, but even if it's a beauty that's only declared by me, it's my beauty.

Style and taste develop, redevelop and in fact can coexist with other, sometimes clashing ideas of taste. If there were truly only one or a tightly limited number of beauty types revealing… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 22:30 — No Comments

DaMSL (dada motel show list) from '07

DaMSL (dada motel show list)

"Freedom: DADA DADA DADA, the howl of clashing colors, the intertwining of all contradictions, grotesqueries, trivialities: LIFE." [Tristan Tzara, "Dada Manifesto," 1918]

An open invitation–to witness art and hardy happenings downtown Reno, this month of June 28, 29 and 30 of two-thousand and seven years, at the Hotel El Cortez and other fine dadalocations.

Numbers before names correspond with the DaMM –Dada Motel Map–or look in the… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 22:18 — No Comments

Las Vegas Review Journal's View Story about Dada Motel


Exhibit celebrates unusual works at UNLV's Barrick Museum


Chad Sorg, curator of Selections from the Dada Motel, a new show on exhibit at UNLV's Marjorie Barrick Museum, stood in front of a canvas covered with brightly colored, blob-like dots in a grid as the show was being installed on Jan. 25.

He pointed out a work by Reno artist Dusty Hartman. "He's got an interesting… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 22:14 — 1 Comment

In Criticism of Art Criticism

Does anyone know what art criticism is about? With so many ways to write about so much, does anyone see clearly what criticism does? Who does criticism talk to?

A writer can be obsessive about one thing in a painting or body of work and overlook everything else about the stuff. Maybe the object of the writer's obsession is something that a particular reader hasn't looked at. If it is the interesting thing the art possesses, doesn't it make interesting commentary? Does the article… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

First draft of a story about Nada


What’s the story here? This Nada Motel–is it just another art festival? Wasn’t it Dada Motel last year? It’s going to be here in Reno so how big could it possibly be? Reno’s not exactly a hub of the international artworld. If we do this show in motels again is anything really going to change besides the name? And why is the name changing anyway? Are we just entertaining Reno or is it going to go bigger than that? And who’s running the show here? So many questions… Continue

Added by Sorg on April 22, 2008 at 21:30 — 1 Comment


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