Featured are the Surrealist images of Frank Donato. Frank has been working in the visual arts for the past 51 years, where the works of the Dadaists and Surrealists have been his constant joy. During the 1980's, after being dis-satisfied with the direction of his work and wanting to further open up his poetic drive, he began assembling Dadaist prints, specifically the "Exquisite Corpse".
While in Paris in the autumn of '82, he was invited to spend time in the studio of Man Ray. There he engrossed himself in the works of Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell, Merle Oppenheimer, Dali, Kurt Schwitters and the entire canon of the Dada and Surrealist movement. During the summer of '86, he was the studio assistant for Leonora Carrington. Her firsthand accounts of life in Paris during that remarkable period in art served only to confirm his ideal.
But the biggest influences on Frank's work is the art and writings of Marcel Duchamp and Andre Breton. Breton's statement that Surrealism is "Pure psychic automatism" had a great effect on his art. Frank's work is creation at the speed of thought. A revolt against reason. A mining of the unconscious mind. An extreme psychology unchained by instinct. A visual Neuroscience.
By combining word play and puns in Dada art, Haiku, and a mix of modern ideas and images from Art History, Frank Donato reveals a meditative process in his work intended to expand the minds eye.